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Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Staff Con­cord, NH

Th­ey­came in buses, lux­ury coaches for the union­ized work­ers and school buses for the op­po­nents to the con­tin­u­a­tion of the hastily built Her­tel-des Can­tons 735 kv lines of Hy­dro Que­bec into New-Hamp­shire, where it is pro­moted by a com­pany named North­ern Pass, to the Gran­ite State leg­is­la­ture in Con­cord, New-Hamp­shire.

The union work­ers were in green t-shirts, the op­po­nents in orange, the lat­ter at least twice if not thrice as many as the first. At is­sue is a bill, HB-648, that would for all in­tents and pur­poses, if passed by the State Se­nate which hosted last Thurs­day’s hear­ings, bring a halt to ex­pro­pri­a­tion, called em­i­nent do­main south of the bor­der. The bill would in fact pro­vide a right of veto to any prop­erty owner when a util­ity would want to build a power line un­less it is shown that it is ab­so­lutely nec­es­sary. In other words, if one owner dis­agrees while all the oth­ers do not, the pro­ject dies. The Bill passed the House by a huge mar­gin on March 30th, 317 to 51, and will be pre­sented to the Se­nate at a later date.

While hear­ings in Cana­dian par­lia­ment are full of deco­rum, no col­ored t-shirts here, in New-Hamp­shire, whose motto shall we re­mind some is Live Free or Die, it looks like a high school de­bate. When the chair, Sen­a­tor Matthew Houde, scolded the orange team for ap­plaud­ing and asked them to do so silently, he al­most con­grat­u­lated them when they started show­ing their ap­pre­ci­a­tion by wav­ing their hands.

The line would pass through East Here­ford, on the land of Hélène Pariseau, across the Connecticut River to NewHamp­shire into the land of Lu­cie-Roy Alain in Pitts­burg, NH. It is an­other try by Hy­dro-Que­bec to make real use of the Her­tel-Des Can­tons line, built sup­pos­edly in the late 90’s to guar­an­tee the elec­tri­cal sup­ply of Que­beck­ers fol­low­ing the great Ice Storm. It will be re­mem­bered that when tri­bunals sided with the op­po­nents, who ar­gued that the sole pur­pose of the line was to ex­port elec­tric­ity to the United States, the Landry gov­ern­ment passed a spe­cial law set­ting aside the tri­bunal’s find­ing. Since then Hy­dro has been try­ing to get the line into the United States, first into Ver­mont and now in the neigh­bour­ing state of New-Hamp­shire.

As is al­ways the case, huge prom­ises are made in job cre­ation and in a doomed econ­omy, as is the United States right now, the prom­ise of 1,200 jobs is some­thing to con­sider. But the op­po­nents, led by New Hamp­shire Build­ing Trades Coun­cil pres­i­dent, Joe Casey, see the threat of the bill not only in the con­text of the North­ern Pass pro­ject. “If it passes, then it will al­most be im­pos­si­ble to build an­other elec­tri­cal line in the state; this would im­pact all projects, not only North­ern Pass.”

If built, the line would bring bil­lions of dol­lars in rev­enue into Que­bec over decades. Holy Spirit, you who makes ev­ery­thing clear to me, who en­light­ens all paths, lead­ing to my ideal, who gives me the divine gifts of for­give­ness, for­get­ting the wrongs done by me and who is with me ev­ery mo­ment of my life. I want at this mo­ment, to thank you for ev­ery­thing and so, strengthen once more my wish of never be­ing sep­a­rated from you, be­cause of, or in spite of ma­te­rial il­lu­sions. Thank you for your mercy to­wards me and those dear to me. (This prayer should be said dur­ing three con­sec­u­tive days. The grace re­quested will be ob­tained fol­low­ing the three days of prayer. Have the prayer pub­lished with­out divulging the re­quest and sim­ply add your ini­tials)


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While the North­ern Pass pro­ject al­most gets no cov­er­age in Que­bec, in New-Hamp­shire it is big news as Josh Mcelveen of WMUR-TV is in­ter­view­ing some of the Que­bec cit­i­zens who trav­elled to Con­cord.

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