QOGA Appoints New President

The Quebec Oil and Gas Association (QOGA) announced the appointment of former Québec Premier Lucien Bouchard as Chairman of its Board of Directors.

The members of the QOGA Board formalized this recommendation in a meeting this morning. Québec Premier from 1996 to 2001, Lucien Bouchard was also federal Minister of the Environment before becoming Head of the Official Opposition in the House of Commons.

Lucien Bouchard's appointment will be effective next February 21, when the next QOGA members' general assembly is scheduled. He is replacing André Caillé, whose mandate has come to term but who will continue to serve as president in the interim. André Caillé will remain a member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee. The Quebec Oil and Gas Association is grateful for André Caillé's outstanding service during his mandate.

"I am proud of the work we have accomplished over the past months in driving forward this new development opportunity for Québec. My goal has always been to work in Québec's best interests. Knowing the work that remains ahead, I am glad to see a man of Lucien Bouchard's caliber pick up the mantle. I know that he will be able to rally Quebecers around this wealth-creating project," stated outgoing QOGA President André Caillé.

In Lucien Bouchard's words, "I view the discovery of major natural gas deposits in Québec as a highly important opportunity for our economic development and the financing of our State's missions. At the same time, I'm fully aware of the need to proceed with this development, faithfully observing exemplary requirements from the points of view of the environment, public safety, social acceptability and transparency, seeing to it as well it that this development truly build our collective, and not just private-interest, wealth. I shall diligently schedule intensive meetings with the members of the Board of Directors to work out the responsible approach they are committed to follow, in particular with regard to the recommendations to come from the Bureau d'audiences publiques sur l'environnement. I therefore intend to fulfil my mandate by balancing the concerns and issues of all interested parties, but above all with the assurance that I shall work in the best interests of our society as a whole."

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