MONTREAL – “Build it and they will come,” reiterated Solidair, presenting his plan to reduce GHGs by 55% by 2030. Quebec Solidair plans to invest $74 billion over 8 years, primarily in public transportation, without imposing too many restrictions on motorists to change habits Quebecers.
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With this more consensual approach, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois wants to avoid specifically targeting a portion of the population more resistant to ecological transition. For example, in France, measures on gasoline have led to the display of the yellow vest.
“If we do it wrong, if we do it all wrong, ecological transition can cause tension in society, that’s what we’ve seen in France. But if we go about it like a people, if we go about it like a people, if we go about it like a people.” If we do this together, it can be a social project that can bring people together,” explained a spokesperson for Quebec Solidaire.
The left-wing formation unveiled its Vision 2030 plan on Sunday at the Maison de la Culture in Montreal. It is a roadmap to achieve its ambitious target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 55% by 2030 compared to 1990. Quebec’s current target is 37.5%.
For citizens, the QS climate plan primarily revolves around a massive project on public transport. The training seeks to discourage car use by imposing a “penalty” on the purchase of more polluting petrol vehicles (202 g of CO2 per 100 km), representing an average of 15% of the purchase price between 2023 and 2030.
For example, the Nissan Qashqai falls into this category.
However, multiple exemptions will be possible for families with more than two children, as well as for all “F-plated” vehicles for work.
The QS will also bring forward a ban on the sale of gas-powered vehicles by 2030 against the current 2035, in addition to banning gas-powered vehicles on Quebec’s roads by 2040.
In return, QS is promising massive investments in public transportation, the bulk of its $74 billion capital plan over 8 years. In the first mandate, $29 billion will be dedicated to it.
Thus, a combined government would thus create two new public corporations, Quebec Rail and Quebec Bus, to form an interurban transport network linking the cities together.
The title of public transport tickets will also be reduced by 50%.
Also, in addition to establishing interurban boards for public transport in all areas of Quebec, a joint government will also invest between public transport and the road network.
New highways will be limited to them for road safety reasons or to open up communities. In other words, the party will move east with the expansion of Autoroute 20 and Autoroute 50. But the expansion of Autoroute 25 and the third link between Quebec and Lewis will be out of the way.
tighten the screw for large emitters
Unlike the strategy for large emitters, a combined government would impose significant restrictions on them.
The limit of carbon exchange and the limit of trading system will be reduced. Companies should reduce their emissions locally by 70% by 2030, rather than relying on carbon credits purchased in California.
Quotas will also be imposed on these major polluters. Any overrun will attract a tax of $100 a tonne, then gradually increase to $205 a tonne by 2030.
Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois believes that while replacement technologies for these major pollutants often already exist, carbon exchanges “currently do not exert enough pressure” to force companies to go green. “It gives them a lot of privileges,” he says. Therefore, there are companies for which it is more profitable to continue pollution than to improve their processes. Our deterrent tax will reverse this. ,
Where the green option does not exist, “we will give more time”, he assured.
For affected workers, a need fund of $50 million is planned to either acquire the new skills needed to transition or to land a new job. “No one is going to lose their jobs in Quebec because of the ecological transition,” assures Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois.
Estimated plan, but not very detailed
Throughout the week, a spokesperson for Quebec Solidaire has promised a quantitative GHG reduction plan. The document unveiled on Sunday presents the number of megatons saved according to three main categories, namely techno-economic efficiencies (key measures that will lead to a 41.5% reduction in GHG), nature-based solutions (such as protected areas) and “Dynamic Effect”.
This last category (which accounted for 7.7 megatons out of a total of 47.6) was not accounted for by the specialist firm validating the QS model. Rather, it is the party’s assessment of the effectiveness of its plan.
However, the Quebec Solidaire plan does not detail the impact of each of the proposed measures. The team points out that the model of the firm selected to validate the plan does not allow for such expansion.
The QS plan was prepared by the firm Esmia Consultants with the support of Dunsky Energy + Climate. QS says they submitted solidarity proposals for the same technological and economic adaptation model that the government of Quebec used.
Eight independent experts have also validated the Vision 2030 plan.
Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois assured that the plan unveiled on Sunday would become “a turning point” in his campaign and promised to keep all of the campaign’s issues under the umbrella of climate issues.
Other measures contained in the QS Climate Plan
- Establish a Binding Carbon Budget
- Submitting all government decisions to climate assessment
- Create regional transition councils to respect local realities
- Protect 30% of Quebec’s territory by 2030
- Promote any support to meet climate standards
- remove any waste at the source that may
- Formation of joint employer-worker committees in companies emitting more than 10,000 tons of CO2 per year