NDP Leader outraged at government ultimatum
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) is outraged at a letter she received today from Tory House Leader Darin King.
“Mr. King has sent a letter that, on the surface, appears to short-circuit the negotiation process around the Muskrat Falls debate,” said Michael. The province’s three political parties were supposed to develop the ground rules for the upcoming debate. One preliminary meeting was held on Monday this week; two subsequent ones scheduled for this week were abruptly cancelled by Mr. King.
The letter King sent to Michael outlines what government wants for the proceedings of the debate, and ends, “Please advise in writing, as soon as possible, your agreement with these terms in order to move forward with the debate.”
Michael says she is “totally incredulous” that King chose to write a letter dictating terms rather than continuing the negotiating process.
“This is completely unacceptable,” Michael said. “This letter is lacking points discussed in the first meeting of house leaders. There is no confirmation that the opposition parties will have three full weeks to review the information. There is no confirmation that we will receive the MHI final report, the federal loan guarantee, and the reports and background documents on wind and natural gas.
“Just after I received the letter, I attempted to reach Mr. King by phone, but he was unavailable to take my call,” she said. “I do look forward to some further face to face discussion with him as we prepare for this important debate.
“This ‘take it or leave it’ approach is just not good enough.”