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Quebec's Deputy Premier and Natural Resource Minister Resigns

MONTREAL(Kitco News) - Quebec Deputy Premier and Natural Resources Minister Nathalie Normandeau resigned late Tuesday, citing personal reasons. Normandeau said political life was very demanding and that she wished to focus on her private life, according to several media reports During her 13 years in politics, she served a variety of positions before becoming deputy premier in December 2008 and eventually becoming minister of natural resources in Quebec. The latter enabled her to help put forward Quebec's $80 billion Plan Nord project. The Plan Nord project, announced May 9, will see mining firms and the Quebec government invest $80 billion over 25 years to mine gold, diamonds, copper, iron, molybdenum, rare-earths, nickel, lithium and uranium in Northern Quebec. Quebec Premier Jean Charest has not announced a replacement for either of Normandeau's positions. By Alex Létourneau of Kitco News aletourneau@kitco.com

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