Over one million people in Quebec were without power due to a massive snowstorm that recently hit the region. Environment Canada has reported that Montreal received 37 millimetres of freezing rain at the beginning of the storm, causing widespread damage to power lines and leaving homes and businesses in the dark.
As of now, roughly 700,000 people are still without power, and all levels of government are working tirelessly to restore electricity. While Quebec has seen its fair share of power outages due to harsh winter weather in the past, many residents are calling on the government to bury power lines to prevent future outages.
However, Premier Francois Legault has dismissed the idea, stating that it would cost an estimated $100 billion to bury all the power cables in Quebec alone. While it’s clear that something needs to be done to address the growing frequency of power outages and the impacts of climate change, the question remains: are Quebecers willing to bear the cost?
As the government works to restore power to those affected by the storm, it’s important to consider the long-term implications of our reliance on traditional power grids and the need for investment in sustainable energy infrastructure. Until then, residents across Quebec will continue to face the challenges of living without power during severe weather events.