The Quebec battery project of Minister of the Economy Pierre Fitzgibbon is floundering according to the opposition parties, who denounce that an Australian is now preparing to extract the ore from Abitibi to send it to be transformed in the United States for the giant Tesla.
“What pisses me off is that we keep doing the same thing. Where is the minister? We have no added value. We just extract and export. There is no battery ecosystem. It’s a failure, ”lamented Monsef Derraji, MP for Nelligan of the Liberal Party of Quebec (PLQ), official opposition spokesperson for SMEs and innovation.
Tuesday, The newspaper pointed out that half of the future lithium production of Abitibi from the Soyana Quebec projects would go to the United States to be transformed in North Carolina by Piedmont Lithium, which will partly resell it to Tesla.
“We send the message that we are for sale. We plant a big sign: “For sale” in front of each mine, telling the multinationals: “Come and put some money here,” “said Vincent Marissal, deputy for Rosemont from Quebec Solidaire (QS), door- speech of the second opposition group on economics.
According to him, the Quebec government should own 51% of the industry, a bit like Hydro-Quebec, to regain control.
Last fall, the Minister of the Economy, Pierre Fitzgibbon, said he was ready to invest $ 1.4 billion for the battery sector to make it “a social project”, which goes beyond classic recipe for extraction and export.
“I’m sorry, but between September and today he put $ 1.4 billion on the table, and did nothing more. We continue to extract the ore and export it. What is the added value for the Quebec economy? My fear is that Quebec will miss the boat with lithium, ”added Monsef Derraji of the PLQ.
For Méganne Perry Mélançon, member for Gaspé of the Parti Québécois (PQ), spokesperson for the third opposition group in the area of SMEs, the Legault government lacks vision in the emerging sector.
“I have a bitter taste since Nemaska Lithium. We want second and third processing at home. Always. I come from the Gaspé. This has been our talk for a long time in all kinds of industries, in the forest, in fishing. We need a Quebec-owned factory, ”she concluded.