While spending some time at a secluded community in Quebec, I had a chance to learn about environmental policy issues that would likely go unnoticed in Ontario. Plan Nord is an extensive economic and industrial development plan that targets 1.2 million square kilometers of resource-rich land in Northern Quebec, announced in early 2011 by Premier Jean Charest, who refers to it as the pinnacle of his political career.

With an investment of $80 billion dollars over 25 years, Plan Nord intends to exploit the rich nickel, iron and copper reserves in the region, develop 3000MW of hydro-electricity, and harvest millions of tons of wood.

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