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Quebec government not respecting ABL agreement

July 17, 2012

Quebec government not respecting ABL agreement

Quebec government not respecting ABL agreement

While the ABL blame the logging company for attacking their land, they also place a large part of the responsibility on the Quebec government.

"The Charest government has acted in bad faith, giving this company the go-ahead to log while they ignore their signed agreements with our community," said Matchewan in a press release on Monday, July 16. "It has left us with no choice but to try to stop forestry operations. We have been waiting 20 years for the Quebec government to honour their agreements."

In the same release, the ABL calls on the Quebec government to respect the 1991 Trilateral Agreement, signed by the Algonquin of Barriere Lake, the Quebec government and the Canadian government, which they call a "landmark sustainable development agreement." The agreement, they say, "is intended to allow logging to continue while protecting the Algonquins' way of life and giving them a $1.5 million share of the $100 million in resource revenue that comes out of their territory every year."

by Pei-Ju Wang

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