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James Bay Project: Quebec shelves major power project

The Story

The Great Whale Project suffers a crippling blow when New York State cancels its billion dollar hydroelectric contract with Quebec in 1992. Two years later, the Canadian government orders Hydro-Québec to rework the environmental study it had prepared for the second phase of the project. On Nov. 18, 1994, Quebec Premier Jacques Parizeau announces that the Great Whale Project is no longer a priority for his government and puts construction on hold indefinitely.

Medium: Radio
Program: The World At Six
Broadcast Date: Nov. 18, 1994
Guest(s): Bill Namagoose, Jacques Parizeau
Host: Bernie McNamee
Reporter: Bernard St. Laurent
Duration: 2:26

Did You know?

• As Grand Chief of the James Bay Cree, Matthew Coon Come led the fight against the Great Whale Project. On July 12, 2000, Coon Come was elected National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations.


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