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James Bay Project: Grand plans for more hydro power

The Story

The James Bay Project helps Quebec become an economic powerhouse as cheap electricity attracts foreign investment and the sale of surplus power brings in cash. By 1988 Quebec sells electricity worth $700 million a year to Canadian provinces and American states. In 1986, Premier Robert Bourassa -- back in power -- announces plans to launch the second phase of the project, called the Great Whale Project. This development will generate power also entirely for export.

Medium: Television
Program: Venture
Broadcast Date: March 20, 1988
Guest(s): Robert Bourassa
Host: Robert Scully
Duration: 6:06

Did You know?

• The Great Whale Project would dam and divert five rivers that flow into Hudson Bay, flooding over 3,500 square kilometres of land.


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