Éric Donais 

Éric Donais is completing his MA at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM). His research focuses more specifically on the role of the state and the specificity of Québec in the phenomenon of deindustrialization. 

Project statement 

La communauté de Thetford Mines et le Québec face aux problèmes économiques reliés à l’amiante, 1964-1987 (The Thetford Mines community, Québec, and economic problems related to asbestos, 1964-1987) 

Éric’s MA project focuses on three economic problems that affected the Quebec asbestos industry and the mining community of Thetford Mines between the 1960s and the 1980s. The objective of his research is to identify these problems and, more importantly, to understand how the actors involved (in particular the local community and the Quebec government) reacted to them. One of the three issues analyzed in his dissertation is the deindustrialization of the community of Thetford Mines in the 1980s, when the asbestos industry was in decline.