Did you know that there is an history of being private businesses sewing Quebec municipalities when they oppose projects?
A resolution to this effect, presented by the Municipality of Grenville-sur-la-Rouge, was adopted unanimously at the conference of the Quebec Federation of Municipalities (FQM).
Why do you ask? Well, Grenville-sur-la-Rouge, which has a population of 2,800, is being sued for $ 96 million by Vancouver-based Canadian Carbon since it has been trying to halt a resource development project natural resources to protect its territory.
The damage lawsuit represents nearly 16 times the annual budget of the small municipality of 2800 inhabitants.
The two projects at the heart of the controversy are a marble quarry and a graphite mine. They had previously been approved by the municipality, but the new municipal administration, elected in November 2017, is opposed. They believe that placing a mine in the middle of a village is not a good idea. I tend to agree with them.
The Municipality of Grenville-sur-la-Rouge wishes to see the Court declare that it is a prosecution-gag order. After failing in the Superior Court, the case is now on appeal and a judgment on the merits should be rendered within six months.
It could be possible. In 2018, the municipality of Restigouche-Sud-Est won the case against Gastem in a similar case. The small municipality of Gaspésie, which opposed drilling on its territory, had obtained $ 164,000 after a long judicial battle against the oil company Gastem whose prosecution had been found abusive by the Court.
I hope that they succeed and put an end to private business sewing Quebec municipalities when they oppose projects.