The candidate for the leadership of the conservative Party Peter MacKay was in the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean Monday to meet activists and he took the opportunity to take a clear position in favour of the controversial LNG project in Quebec.
This project includes the construction of a pipeline, which would run through part of Ontario, and northern Quebec to the Saguenay, and of a liquefaction plant of natural gas.
“The federal deficit tells us that we must focus on the economy and job creation”, he explained in substance Monday morning at Alma.
“LNG is a project to impact huge to the population and to attract other industries,” added the former minister under Stephen Harper.
Peter MacKay acknowledges that the removal of the group of the american billionaire, Warren Buffet, jeopardizes the project. Moreover, according to him, the management of the crisis in rail Ottawa has broken the interest of Mr. Buffet.
It is now hoped that other investors see an opportunity in LNG.
“The technology should reassure the environmentalists. When the population will have all the information, the project will collect the social acceptability”, he specified.
Commitments to the military
Mr. MacKay, who was minister of Defence from 2007 to 2013, has also pronounced in favour of the replacement of the fleet of F-18 by the F-35, an important issue in the region because of the Bagotville military base.
Ironically, the member for Chicoutimi–Le Fjord and critical to Defense, Richard Martel, is the only elected conservative in Quebec to support the main opponent of Mr. MacKay in the race, Erin O’toole.
Mp Pierre Paul-Hus, who supports Peter Mackay, judge that the most important thing is that all the members can rally behind the winner, if any.
“You know that after the 21st of August, Richard and all the members will join the winner,” he concluded.