Ottawa moves forward on threat to use federal powers to help Quebec caribou

The Canadian Press in Global News
June 19, 2024
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada East

Steven Guilbeault

Federal Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault says he’s moving forward on his threat to invoke federal powers to protect Quebec’s declining woodland caribou herds. Guilbeault said today that he’s starting the process to obtain a federal decree to protect the herds in Val-d’Or, Charlevoix and Pipmuacan, after what he describes as Quebec’s failure to develop a plan to save them. The federal minister says his government will hold consultations to determine the size of the potential protected habitat as well as the scope of the decree. He told The Canadian Press that industrial activity such as logging will be limited in the protected zones and that Ottawa hasn’t ruled out stepping in to protect two other herds in eastern Quebec. …Guilbeault says Quebec can still act in the coming weeks and months by releasing its own caribou protection plan, which has been promised and delayed for years.

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