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Supreme Court of Canada sides with Hydro Quebec over plan for new transmission line

The Canadian Press
Supreme Court of Canada sides with Hydro Quebec over plan for new transmission line

OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada says Hydro-Quebec has the right to construct a new electric-power transmission line along an existing corridor running from the Quebec City area to Laval.

The story began in the early 1970s when the Quebec government authorized Hydro-Quebec to build a transmission line and the utility acquired the necessary rights through expropriation.

In 2015, the Quebec government approved Hydro-Quebec’s plan for a new line.

However, landowners argued the construction should not be allowed along the Quebec City-Laval corridor and claimed damages for unintended use of the original rights.

In May 2017, a judge allowed Hydro-Quebec’s application for a permanent injunction and ordered the owners to let the work proceed.

In May 2018, the Quebec Court of Appeal set aside the ruling and declared that Hydro-Quebec had no right to use the owners’ properties to set up the new line, a decision the Supreme Court’s decision largely overturns.

 

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