The plan will maintain the $870 million Northern Development Fund made by the former Liberal government. Marois also announced regional mayors would receive $200 million for infrastructure development, another idea proposed by the former Liberal government.
Marois's plan, however, reduced the amount of reserved land for national parks - to preserve the environment - from 20% in the Liberal plan to 12% in her plan. Marois said the percentage of reserved land can be brought back to 20% in the future while in other places the government protects 50% of territory from development.
Marois named her Plan Nord the "Nord pour tous" or North for all which takes heavily from the theme former Premier Jean Charest touted when he first announced the plan.
"Le Plan Nord, on l'a critiqué pendant un an et demi, c'est vrai, mais nous avons pris le temps d'y réfléchir," said Marois, which roughly translates to Marois saying she had a chance to reflect on the Plan Nord which she criticized for a year and a half.
"Le mieux, franchement, pour Mme Marois, ç'aurait été d'aller faire cette annonce avec Raymond Bachand, puis laisser les autres [ministres] à la maison" Fournier continued, roughly translating to saying Raymond Bachand would have been a better assistant to introduce the plan.
"C’est pas mal beaucoup du copier-coller, et malheureusement, ils ont réussi à manquer le copier-coller," Fournier
"Si les contribuables sont les seuls à investir dans le Grand Nord, ça ne sera pas très payant," said CAQ leader François Legault, saying the project won't make a big profit if taxpayers are the only people investing in the project.