Maine Voices: Sen. Bennett: End foreign influence in Maine elections

December 6, 2021

Now that HQ’s crusade to convince Maine voters to support a project that benefits us little has failed, Quebec’s Premier Francois Legault said he is “confident” his government will prevail over the will of Maine voters, and HQ said the following in a press release about the outcome of the Question 1 vote: “Hydro-Quebec will take the necessary actions to have its rights recognized and ensure the continued construction of the project.”

Shortly after pushing out this press release, HQ, aka the taxpayers of Quebec, joined Avangrid in a lawsuit against the State of Maine to prohibit Question 1 from ever taking effect.

This blatant disregard for Maine laws and citizens by a foreign country has been tolerated, and even defended, by some politicians at the highest level even though it threatens the integrity of future referendum elections in our state. If this is how our neighbors to the north treat us, I’d hate to see what’s in store for us next unless we act now to prohibit foreign governments from spending money to influence future referendums initiated by Maine people…

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