Michael questions Muskrat Falls oversight
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) used her portion of Question Period in the House of Assembly today to probe the provincial government’s appointment of a Muskrat Falls oversight committee.
“The government plans to appoint a committee of bureaucrats to oversee the Muskrat Falls project,” Michael said in the House of Assembly today.
“I ask the premier, why doesn’t he just ask our Public Utilities Board to give oversight, as the Utility and Review Board is doing for the Maritime Link Project in Nova Scotia?”
Not only does Michael believe the PUB is the natural oversight body for the project, she has serious concerns for the lack of openness the government has forced on the process through the regressive measures of Bill 29, which it forced through the House of Assembly in June 2012.
“I ask the Premier, was he aware when he announced his oversight committee that its reports would have to be kept secret under Bill 29?” she asked in the House.
She had one final suggestion to help government ensure that reports from the oversight committee be available to the public – who, she maintains, are the shareholders of publicly-owned Nalcor.
“The quickest route to allowing openness and transparency on the Muskrat Falls project would be to introduce legislation changing the wording in the Access To Information and Protection of Privacy Act section 18.2 from “shall” to “may,” allowing his oversight committee reports to be made public,” she said.
“I ask the Premier, will he move quickly to pass this amendment?”