The government of Quebec has unveiled a massive plan to develop a largely inhospitable but untouched area in the north of the province.Don't repeat the neocolonial and frankly racist mindset of the Quebec government. The north of the province is not "inhospitable" and "untouched" as it has been home to Aboriginal people for millennia.
The "Plan Nord" aims to turn 1.2 million sq km of land into a major area of mining and renewable energy.
The plan also aims to ensure that half of the area will be environmentally protected.
"It is one of the world's last virgin territories," said Quebec's Premier Jean Charest.
"It's also a fragile territory and a territory of great richness and it's also a responsibility."
The only things 'virgin' here are Jean Charest's archaeology and history.