Current majority government:
Coalition Avenir Québec has been in power since 2018 (2).
The current Premier of Québec is Francois Legault (2).
Québec’s National Assembly is its provincial legislative body and consists of 125 seats (3).
After the 2018 election, the Coalition Avenir Québec has 76 seats, the Liberal Party has 28 seats, the Parti Québécois has 9 seats, and the Québec solidaire party has 10 seats, with the remaining two seats being filled by independents (4).
You can find your representative in the National Assembly here:
Environmental stance of majority party:
Some of the main environmental focuses of the Coalition Avenir Québec include the export of clean energy to other provinces and the United States (6). The Coalition Avenir Québec also focuses on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and is working towards Québec being more energy efficient and zero-waste (6). The party is also working towards a greener economy via the promotion of greener technologies and alternative energy sources such as investing in greener public transportation (6).
Percentage of 2020/2021 budget estimated to be allocated to the environment:
2019-2020 budget for environment: $265.5 million
Total budget 2020-2021: $112,807,000,000
2020-2021 budget for environment: $322.4 million
Total budget 2020-2021: $118,566,000,000
Percentage of budget: 0.27%
Main provincial-level legislation for environment protection:
-Environmental Quality Act: implements the assessment of projects that will affect the environment, and also insists that said projects must be approved by the Minister before they can move forward (7).
-Pesticides Act: regulates the sale and use of pesticides in Québec, in collaboration with the Environmental Quality Act (7).
-Natural Heritage Conservation Act: maintaining the natural heritage of Québec by protecting natural ecosystems (7).
-The Zero-Emission Vehicle Standard: encourages automakers to produce and lease cars that run on greener energy (8).
-2013-2020 Climate Change Action Plan: the government of Québec’s planned programs and funding for fighting climate change (9).
Specific government-based environmental programs:
-Action-Climate Québec arises from the 2013-2020 Climate Change Action Plan and funds projects from Québecois which promote environmentally conscious behaviour and understanding of climate change (10).
-Québec’s Green Fund was amended in 2019 when the National Assembly was presented with a bill that re-centralized the focus of the Green Fund to projects that were producing direct results fighting climate change (11).
Next election date:
On or before October 3rd, 2022 (13)
Five organizational groups were created as components of the Environment Quality Act and are responsible for analyzing projects in different regions of Québec (14):
-The James Bay Environmental Advisory Committee
-The Evaluation Committee
-The Examination Committee
-The Kativik Environmental Advisory Committee
-The Quality of the Kativik Environmental Commission
What makes this province different?
Québec has implemented the Environmental Complaint Procedure, in which citizens are able to file complaints of activity that do not adhere to Québec’s current environmental laws (15).
Quebec’s Green Fund takes revenues from the carbon market to implement programs from the 2013-2020 Climate Change Action Plan (11).
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