What will premier say about Muskrat Falls in Toronto?
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) wants to know what the premier plans to say about Muskrat Falls when she speaks in Toronto next week.
“Next Monday, the Premier will be speaking to the Canadian Club of Toronto about her government’s Energy Plan and her cherished Muskrat Falls Hydroelectric project,” Michael said in the House today. “Her news release says she will be speaking about investing non-renewable resource money into renewable resources, mainly Muskrat Falls.
“Will she mention that her Muskrat Falls project has no foreseeable market for 40 per cent of the power, has no loan guarantee and that two independent reviews disagreed with government’s position on the project?
“Is there anything else on her path besides Muskrat Falls? And, if so, what? What happens, Mr. Speaker, if Emera says no to building the Maritime Link or a loan guarantee is not forthcoming?”
Given the current reported shortages of skilled trades workers in the province, Michael also has concerns about labour availability for the proposed Muskrat Falls project.
“MHI reported in October that labour availability remains a major risk to the construction of the Labrador Island link transmission line,” she said.
“It reports that Nalcor has recognized this major risk and has identified ways to attract skilled labour back to the province. Mr. Speaker, I ask the Premier, what exactly are Nalcor’s plans for bringing back these workers? How is government planning to convince people to leave permanent well-paying jobs in other parts of Canada for a short term contracts in this province?”