Fonds P147 - Coalition of Citizens of Val St. Francois fonds

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Coalition of Citizens of Val St. Francois fonds

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Coalition des Citoyens du Val Saint-François.

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CA E001 P147

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  • 1997-2002 (Creation)

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0,67 m of textual records. - 37 photographs.

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The Coalition of Citizens of Val St. Francois was founded in 1998 to fight against Hydro-Quebec's project to built a new power line to interconnect the Hertel substation to the ''des Cantons'' substation and built a new substation at St. Cesaire. This project was announced by Hydro-Quebec at the end of January 1998 following the ice storm that knocked out the power in the Monteregie, Eastern Townships, and Centre-du-Quebec regions for many days. Hydro-Quebec presented this project as a solution to to reinforce the power line feeding south of Montreal.

At first, the Coalition fought to stop the construction of the power line; to convience the Government of Quebec not to bypass the environmental and public consultations by reversing its decrees; and, to impose a moratorium on the project. Then on 31 August 1998, the Coalition began its legal battle against Hydro-Quebec and the provincial government. In January 1999, the Coalition went back to the Superior Court to nullify the government decrees. On 23 February 1999, the Coalition won its battle. The Superior Court judgment ruled that the government decrees were illegal.

Therefore, the Govnerment of Quebec respected the judgment, stopped the works, and went forward with environmental and public consultations. In June 1999, the Government of Quebec enacted Bill 42 - a retroactive legislation that allowed construction of the first phase of Hydro-Quebec's Hertel-des Cantons project. Again the Coalition fought in court to rule Bill 42 unconstitutional. In August 2001, the Superior Court judgment ruled that Bill 42 was constitutional.

After this defeat, the Coalition stopped its legal fight. Only two citizens of Roxton Pond decided to appeal the decision.

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The fonds contains source material on the activities of the Coalition of Citizens of Val St. Francois in its battle against Hydro-Quebec. It consists of legal documents, correspondence, photographs and press clippings.

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The documents were donated in 2004 by the Coalition of Citizens of Val St. Francois.
The documents are in English and French.

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28 janvier, 2016

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