MONTREAL — The new Parti Québécois government is earning some unflattering reviews from one of its former leaders even before completing its first half-week in office.Lucien Bouchard issued a statement Friday condemning comments about shale gas made by the new PQ minister in charge of the industry.While an environmental review process is only barely underway, Natural Resources Minister Martine Ouellet has already said the resource can never be developed safely. Before entering politics, Ms. Ouellet was an environmental activist, mechanical engineer, and official at Hydro-Québec.She can now add another line to her CV: Bouchard foe. A popular former leader of the PQ and premier from 1996 to 2001, Mr. Bouchard is now the president of the Quebec Oil and Gas Association.[np-related]“Confusion reigns,” Mr. Bouchard said.He listed six questions raised by Ms. Ouellet’s comments: Is the ongoing environmental review cancelled? Should that review be allowed to complete its work? What did Ms. Ouellet mean by the “complete moratorium” she appeared to be announcing this week? Has the government already written off the industry?Mr. Bouchard also asked why Quebec would have such an attitude when, in the United States, the Obama administration is eager to exploit the resource to reduce fossil- fuel emissions and achieve energy independence. Finally, he asked, why not consider studies that suggest shale gas can be exploited safely while creating jobs?“In any case a government decision to formally impose a moratorium would be a little bit like kicking in an open door,” Mr. Bouchard added.“Because for the last two years, and certainly for the next two or three, there has not been and there won’t be any exploration — let alone production — of shale gas on Quebec’s territory.”Ms. Ouellet was not available Friday to comment on Mr. Bouchard’s remarks, according to a staffer who answered the phone at her riding office.