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Gerard Montpetit

Activist for green energies of the future.

Gérard Montpetit was born in 1946  in eastern Ontario. Since 1979, he lives in La Présentation (35 km east of Montreal; exit #123 of the TransCanada highway) in a home he built  himself.

After  he obtained a diploma from the University of Ottawa, he taught in secondary schools for 33 years including 27 years for the school board of Saint-Hyacinthe. He retired in 2007.

In 1992, he became a member of the CCCPEM (comité des citoyens et citoyennes pour la protection de l'environnement maskoutain).  Since 2010, he studies the negative side-effects of hydraulic fracturing. The fraxed gas well of La Présentation is approx. 8 km from his home while the  drilling rig of the well of Saint-Denis-sur-Richelieu could be seen from his home in November 2010. These are the main reasons  why he is involved with various environmental groups, all operating in a confederation of committees called RVHQ (Regroupement Vigilance Hydrocarbures du Québec).

He regularly writes articles which are published in various media. In order to have a sound future for coming generations, he is fighting to reduce the use of fossil fuels, which are responsible for climate change. He believes that the Paris Accord must be implemented as soon as possible.

 In April 2017, he published an anthology of one hundred texts, written in French, entitled "L'histoire de la lutte aux hydrocarbures à travers 100 textes de Gérard Montpetit."

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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
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02/01/2017 07:26 EST
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10/24/2016 11:14 EDT
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06/01/2016 02:30 EDT
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04/28/2016 11:19 EDT