Ottawa will help fund new natural gas pipeline in Quebec

THETFORD MINES, Que. — Prime Minister Stephen Harper says the federal government is picking up a big chunk of the funding for a new natural gas pipeline in Quebec.

THETFORD MINES, Que. — Prime Minister Stephen Harper says the federal government is picking up a big chunk of the funding for a new natural gas pipeline in Quebec.

Harper announced in Thetford Mines, Que., today that Ottawa will kick in up to $18.1 million during the next two years.

The total cost of the project is expected to be $24.7 million.

The remainder of the cost — about $6.6 million — will come from Gaz Metro, Quebec’s leading natural gas distributor.

The pipeline will stretch between Vallee Jonction and Thetford Mines and is expected to provide an economic boost to the region south of Quebec City.

Harper says the economic growth should be felt for several generations in the area and will provide businesses and institutions with an affordable source of energy.

The project will be carried out by Montreal-based Gaz Metro.