I'm too exhausted after the HUGE demo to make an intelligent analysis of PQ environmental records vs Charest. One could also compare Charest with earlier Liberal governments, just as one could compare Harper with earlier (Progressive) Conservative ones. Charest seems particularly bad, but that could be a lack of perspective.
I remember the PQ favouring measures (something like 200,000 maisons - don't remember the exact name) that would both encourage the construction industry and attendant jobs and the development of car-dependent, single-family-home suburbs on the South Shore, in Laval and on the North Shore (here we are talking about the North Shore of the St-Laurent just north of Mtl and the island of Laval, not where the marchers from Matelionam near Sept-Iles or Boom Boom, farther still, live). Remember polite but pointed discussions with a former trade-unionist feminist who was representing one of those South Shore ridings and calling for a (fucking) new highway. My memories of mega-projects and other evils are not operative right now. I'm eating a quinoa and various crudités salad and sipping cheap red wine.
Estimates of the Earth Day march - incorporating many other issues, including the student struggle of course - are around 300,000. That is stunning. It is certainly the largest demonstration about environmental issues I've ever attended in Québec.