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Gerard Montpetit

Militant pour les énergies vertes de l'avenir

Gérard Montpetit est né en 1946 en Ontario. Depuis août 1979, il habite à La Présentation dans une maison qu'il a bâti lui-même.

Après ses études à l'Université d'Ottawa, il a oeuvré pendant 33 ans dans le domaine de l'éducation au niveau secondaire, dont 27 ans pour la Commission Scolaire de Saint-Hyacinthe. Il a pris sa retraite en juin 2007.

En 1992, il est devenu membre du CCCPEM (Comité des citoyens et citoyennes pour la protection de l'environnement maskoutain). Depuis 2010, il étudie les impacts de la fracturation hydraulique; le puits de La Présentation est à environ 8 km de sa demeure tandis que la tour de forage de celui Saint Denis était visible depuis la fenêtre de sacuisine.

Pour toutes ces raisons, il s'implique avec tous les comités qui font la lutte aux gaz de schiste comme le RIGVSL (Regroupement interrégional gaz de schiste de la Vallée du St-Laurent).
French Fluency Simply Non-Negotiable For Next Conservative

French Fluency Simply Non-Negotiable For Next Conservative Leader

On January 17, the Conservative Party of Canada held its only French-language debate of the leadership race. For anyone who believes that the French language should be an intrinsic part of the political life of Canada, it was an exercise in frustration. Of the 13 candidates who had the guts to participate in this sorry show, less than half were able to show the basic ability to debate in Canada's other official language.
02/14/2017 03:45 EST
Canada Is Juggling A Hot

Canada Is Juggling A Hot Potato

Mr. Trudeau must choose between the anti-pipeline provinces like Quebec and British Columbia, and the interests of Alberta; between the oil industry magnates and the citizen opposition; between the oil economy with its short term goals and our international commitments for the reduction of greenhouse gases.
02/01/2017 07:26 EST
Big Oil Shouldn't Celebrate Quebec's Flawed Energy Bill Just

Big Oil Shouldn't Celebrate Quebec's Flawed Energy Bill Just Yet

We were outraged when we became aware that companies had quietly claimed the subsoil under our feet. Bill 106 not only acknowledges this legalized burglary, but gives those companies legal priority over the owners of the land. Though Bill 106 is now legal, it is immoral and illegitimate.
12/22/2016 11:12 EST
It's Time For Premier Couillard To Call A Spade A

It's Time For Premier Couillard To Call A Spade A Spade

In the corridors of the National Assembly, the hyper-green speeches of Mr. Couillard seem to come from another planet. Bill 106 will have major impacts. According to the National Assembly website, it will modify 20 current laws as well as the Civil Code.
12/06/2016 09:27 EST
How Quebec's Bill 106 Serves The Denial Of

How Quebec's Bill 106 Serves The Denial Of Reality

In this bill, there is a little goodie for the ecologists on the subject of energy transition, but the rest of the provisions are so favourable to the industry that one might believe that an industry lobbyist wrote it. Agnotology is to actively promote ignorance in order to promote one's product.
11/03/2016 04:34 EDT
Climate Change Denial Has Taken On A New, More Insidious

Climate Change Denial Has Taken On A New, More Insidious Form

For several decades, the urgency to fight climate change has been systematically paralyzed by the climate deniers. In order to deliberately create confusion in public opinion and block all concerted political action which might attempt to remedy the situation, the fossil fuel magnates have spent millions on pressure groups or bogus foundations.
10/24/2016 11:14 EDT
Big Oil Hits New Low With Financial 'Blackmail' Of

Big Oil Hits New Low With Financial 'Blackmail' Of Government

Before using the threat of equalization payments as a "poke in the ribs" to provinces such as British Columbia and Quebec, perhaps the petroleum industry should rethink its own dependency on subsidies. It should be aware that it, too, is vulnerable to budgetary policy.
09/15/2016 11:25 EDT
The View From Quebec Of The NEB's Energy East

The View From Quebec Of The NEB's Energy East Hearings

As the month of August draws to a close, the National Energy Board (NEB) begins its hearings on the Energy East pipeline project amidst a swirl of controversy. But the most objectionable aspect of the hearings of the NEB is the fact that it is engulfed in a sea of questionable ethical considerations.
08/29/2016 12:52 EDT
We've Heard Ezra Levant's Pipeline Rhetoric Before – From

We've Heard Ezra Levant's Pipeline Rhetoric Before – From Trump

Ezra Levant is angry with the NO delivered to Energy East from the 82 mayors of Montreal's Urban Community to TransCanada Pipelines last January, and is accusing Mayor Coderre of favouring "Shariah" petroleum by saying NO to the "ethical" petroleum of Canada. But there is an important major flaw in Mr. Levant's argument.
08/10/2016 04:29 EDT
Saskatchewan Oil Spill Reminder That No Pipeline Is

Saskatchewan Oil Spill Reminder That No Pipeline Is Safe

On the TV news and in newspapers, we have seen that a pipeline, property of Husky Oil, has spilled more than 200,000 litres of petroleum in the North Saskatchewan River. The oil slick is rapidly moving downstream, polluting the river bottom as well as the drinking water of wildlife, livestock and the citizens living in its watershed.
07/28/2016 01:06 EDT
TransCanada Lawsuit Holding America's Sovereignty

TransCanada Lawsuit Holding America's Sovereignty Hostage

President Obama rejected Keystone XL because he was convinced it was not "in the best interest" of his country. Unhappy with this decision, TransCanada Pipelines chose to directly challenge the sovereignty of the government of the United States with this $15-billion lawsuit.
06/30/2016 11:33 EDT
Canada Cannot Export Its Responsibility To The

Canada Cannot Export Its Responsibility To The Environment

Energy East is more than a mere pipe that transports the product from point A to point B. It is an essential link of the industry. It is clear that Energy East is co-responsible for all the GHG produced by the 1,100,000 barrels that will travel through this pipeline on a daily basis.
06/01/2016 02:30 EDT
The Writing Is On The Wall For Alberta's Obsolete Oil

The Writing Is On The Wall For Alberta's Obsolete Oil Industry

I can understand that Alberta faces economic hardships; Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that the cabinet meeting would examine the challenges that Alberta has to face because the price of petroleum has fallen through the floor. But in 2015-16, is the building of pipelines an appropriate remedy for the economic woes of Alberta?
04/28/2016 11:19 EDT
Energy East Risks Returning To A 19th-Century

Energy East Risks Returning To A 19th-Century Economy

In the beginning of the 21st century, should Canada, an industrial nation of the G8, have a diversified, knowledge-based economy? Or will we allow ourselves to again become a ''company town," an economic dinosaur at the mercy of the price fluctuations of the market?
04/19/2016 04:58 EDT