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Minister Benoit Charette was not able to deliver a strategy for protecting forest and mountain caribou before the end of the year, as promised.

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The Legault government misses a new times its deadline and once again postpones the submission of its strategy to protect the habitat of forest and mountain caribou, this time to mid-January.

The deadlines of Quebec Minister of the Environment, Benoit Charette, fall one after the other.

After committing to table a strategy before the end of June 2023, pressed to act by the federal government, now he was unable to deliver the promised document before the end of the year, despite having six more months to complete the work.

The minister himself announced this umpteenth postponement in an editorial interview given to La Presse and broadcast Wednesday morning. His office confirmed the information to Radio-Canada, but has not offered further comment at this time.

According to sources close to the matter, the cabinet had hoped to unveil the strategy at the last council of ministers in 2023, this Wednesday, but ultimately narrowly missed its objective. The document would subsequently have been submitted to consultation with First Nations and public consultation.

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The strategy presented by Mr. Charette would therefore not have been a final version of what will be adopted by the government.

La Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) is now five years behind schedule on this issue since it took power.

The former minister of the defunct Ministry of Forests, Wildlife and Parks, Pierre Dufour, was first supposed to deliver a renewed strategy in 2019. The latter ultimately postponed everything, preferring to commission a meta-analysis and do a regional consultation tour.

Rather than presenting a strategy for protecting the habitat of forest and mountain caribou following this work , Mr. Dufour announced new postponements then the creation of an independent commission on the future of the species.

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The habitat of the woodland caribou is heavily disturbed.

In their final report, submitted in August 2022, the commissioners urged Quebec to protect the species, emphasizing the urgency of acting to limit disruption of its habitat, namely old conifer forests.

Under the CAQ, Quebec placed two herds in captivity (Val-d'Or, Charlevoix), announced the closure of certain forest roads and increased predator culling, but has not revealed a long-term strategy.

Benoit Charette is committed to returning to work and implementing the strategy in 2023.

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According to our information, the Ministry of the Environment, the Fight against Climate Change, Wildlife and Parks does not x27;did not obtain all the desired collaboration from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forests.

While Minister Charette hoped to honor his promise, Forestry representatives asked for time to reassess forestry possibilities based on the forest fires that raged during the summer.

Several sources have cited difficult exchanges and a lack of collaboration within the government apparatus in recent months.

Ironically, Wildlife and Forests were split by the CAQ last year.

More details will follow.

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