The left-wing party calls for the nationalization of Quebec’s lithium and graphite mines

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“Lithium and graphite are non-renewable resources and must be mined responsibly. For its part, the CAQ has an extractivist vision and wants to make the Quebec basement accessible to private companies, like an open bar, ”said in the brief Manon Massé, spokesperson for Quebec Solidaire.

Québec Solidaire accuses the ruling Coalition Avenir Québec of having ceded the province’s mineral and metal resources

The document criticized the work of the CAQ around the Nemaska ​​lithium project, which should be operated by a JV 50% owned by the state corporation Investissement Québec. The other half will be in the hands of the American company Livent Corp., which is partnering with the metals financier The Pallinghurst Group to buy half of Quebec Lithium Partners. The latter was formed earlier this year after Nemaska ​​Lithium filed for bankruptcy.

“While the CAQ is committed to companies in tax havens for the buyout of the Nemaska ​​mine, Québec Solidaire offers a sustainable and resolutely nationalist vision by proposing the partial nationalization of the main components of the battery industry: lithium and graphite, ”the party said. release bed.

QS says that, as a first step, its proposal only presents the idea of ​​nationalizing two lithium mines and two graphite mines, but making sure that the province controls all battery metal processing facilities.

“The current model of resource exploitation is imperfect and disadvantageous for Quebeckers and First Nations. We must have full control of the resource to face the challenges of the future, which is why we are proposing to do what we did with Hydro-Québec in the past, ”the press release said. “Lithium is at a crossroads, this resource is ours, it should not be let slip into the hands of companies with questionable practices.

The document suggests that before acquiring lithium and graphite assets, the province passes a mining expropriation law that allows it to better negotiate when it comes to nationalizing mines and launching a new social mining contract. based on consultations with indigenous peoples and affected communities. .

Currently, QS has 10 elected to the National Assembly of Quebec.



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