As the Trudeau government looks at putting together an “aid package” for Alberta rather than approve the Teck Frontier mine project in the oil sands, and as Liberal MPs openly call for the project to be rejected, it’s always interesting to look at the difference between Alberta and Quebec — at least at how the federal government treats them.

We’ve heard plenty about the need to shut down Teck Frontier. The daily news of protestors trying to block any pipeline that carries Alberta oil out of the province is relentless.

In Quebec though, big projects just go ahead with government approval.

Have you heard about the Malartic gold mine in northwestern Quebec? It’s a massive 55,000-tonnes/day open-pit mine, one of the largest in the world. It has been operating for several years now with no attempt to shut it down, no attempt to say ripping open the earth is bad for the environment.