August 12, 2012 8:29 am

Fact file: Plan Nord

A person walks past a stop sign displayed in both English and Inuktitut in the city of Iqaluit, Nunavut on March 28, 2009. A community organization in Nunavik, a territory comprising the northern third of Quebec, is hoping a greater emphasis on traditional storytelling, theatre and cultural workshops will help revive the Inuit language.

Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press

MONTREAL – Here are some facts about the Liberals’ northern-development plan for Quebec, dubbed “Plan Nord”:

- Focuses on broad development – including mining, energy and tourism – across an area north of the 49th parallel about twice the size of France.

- Liberals project it will attract $80 billion in private and public investment to Quebec’s northern over the next 25 years.

- Liberals say it will create 20,000 jobs in Quebec over that period.

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- Plan is to invest $2.1 billion in public money on infrastructure – such as roads and airports – that will ease access to faraway regions.

- Liberals say project will eventually pump $14 billion into provincial coffers and make Quebec a contributor to equalization.
– Parti Quebecois opposition calls current plan a cheap selloff of the province’s resources.

- PQ wants a 30 per cent surtax, as in Australia, on profits beyond a certain level.

- PQ criticizes government for investing so much public money to build roads for private business.

- Canadian National Railway is working with mining companies and Caisse pension manager to study possibility of building rail line, with estimated cost of $5 billion.

 

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