NDP sees more questions than answers in budget speech fallout
NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi) sees more questions than answers in the fall-out from government’s broadside at a Crown Corporation in the budget speech, which she feels sparked the resignation of Nalcor’s CEO Ed Martin and the entire Board.
“It was obvious from the Finance Minister’s extraordinary attack on Nalcor during the budget speech that government had for some time lost confidence in the leadership of Nalcor,” Michael said during Question Period in the House of Assembly today.
“Why did government not go about an orderly transition instead of throwing the province into the turmoil which has flowed from the minister’s intemperate remarks?”
The premier acknowledged at a news conference today that he had signed off on the Finance minister’s scathing critique. Michael’s concerns on government’s ham-fisted dealing with the Muskrat Falls project and the governance of the Crown corporation overseeing it did not end there. She says government should be taking a serious look at continuing the project.
“Why was EY not instructed to analyze the pros and cons of continuing with the Muskrat Falls project? “ asked Michael.
Nalcor’s Maritime Link contract sets up the potential for privatizing the Muskrat Falls project. Michael asked the Premier if the hiring of former Fortis CEO Stan Marshall a first step to selling the project on the cheap.
Given his terse “No” in response and his recent track record on promises, Michael demanded solid proof this was not the case.