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Quebec's hydropower unions fear privatization

Quebec's hydropower unions fear privatization

Hydro-Québec's largest employee union is launching an advertising campaign to express their concerns about what they see as the Legault government's intentions to privatize the state-owned company.

Launched under the slogan “Our Own Energy,” this advertising campaign was led by the central union SCFP, which oversees the unions of Hydro-Québec’s 16,000 technical and administrative employees.

According to CUPE, in the wake of the new administration of Hydro-Québec's plan to double its electricity production by 2050, we are particularly concerned that the bill expected soon from the Minister of Economy, Innovation and Energy, Pierre Fitzgibbon, favors development. – Special projects for the production and transmission of electricity at the expense of the public company.

However, this is not the opinion of expert energy analysts such as Pierre-Olivier Pinault, professor of energy sector management at HÉC School in Montreal.

Given the strong growth in demand for electricity, Mr. Pinault believes that allowing private sector companies to produce electricity “does not imply that Hydro-Québec is privatized or that it is losing its role.”

“On the contrary, this will strengthen its position as a hydropower producer, a transmitter on Quebec soil, and as a distributor,” Mr. Pineau said in an interview with Radio-Canada. It has a lot to do in these three areas. »

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