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Report: Quebec premier to reveal plan to electrify public transport by 2020

Quebec Premier François Legault said he will introduce a plan to electrify public transport, and heating and air conditioning either by the end of 2019 or the beginning of 2020, Reuters reported May 28.

The plan would include expanding existing or planned subway, light-rail lines, the electrification of bus lines and investing in new rail cars and buses in the Montreal and Quebec City areas. Legault reportedly said he hopes to purchase many of the vehicles from Bombardier Inc. and Alstom SA, which have facilities in the region.

For remote regions in Quebec where mass transit is not practical, Legault reportedly plans to maintain subsidies for the purchase of electric vehicles.

Legault recently met with New York City officials to discuss exporting surplus power from government-owned utility Hydro-Québec, as well as potentially building new dams and wind energy in cooperation with indigenous communities.

Legault's goal is to cut the province's carbon emissions by 37.5% by 2030 and reduce its bill for imported oil by C$10 billion annually, 80% of which comes from the U.S.