By the time you read this, the Montreal office that was an important component in fighting the proposed Great Whale project will be no more.

During the last few months, staff had been slowly laid off due to budget cutbacks. Latest to be laid off are Claude Otter, Luis Eguren and Lisa Petagumskum.

Insiders say restarting the office and campaign will be difficult if Hydro-Quebec renews the campaign to go ahead with Great Whale.

This just after Makivik Corporation signed a 54-month extension to its compensation agreement on Great Whale in December.

Without the extension, the agreement would have been null and void after 18 months if construction hadn’t started.

Robert Lanari, special projects coordinator for Makivik, hinted that the icing of Great Whale is just temporary. “This is just a delay until after the Quebec public debate on energy,” he said. ‘We are adopting a wait-and-see attitude on the situation.”