Muskrat Falls

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael was ready to speak for her full 15 minutes in what she admitted was an imperfect setting. Instead of the full week of debate on the Muskrat Falls project, the premier introduced a private member’s motion, limiting debate on the biggest expenditure in the province’s history to a maximum of two hours.

 
NDP MHA Christopher Mitchelmore

The NDP MHA for The Straits-White Bay North is hearing concerns from his constituents about increased electrical rates, particularly after the rate-stabilizing Public Utilites Board is taken out of the picture. Christopher Mitchelmore brought those concerns to Question Period in the House of Assembly today.

 
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael

In the House of Assembly today, NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) continued to question the wisdom of government forging ahead with the Muskrat Falls development. She says the people of Newfoundland and Labrador are being forced into a disproportionate risk.

 

MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for The Straits – White Bay North.

MR. MITCHELMORE: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

 

MR. SPEAKER: The Leader of the Third Party.

MS MICHAEL:Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Emera has announced they will sanction the Maritime Link without waiting for a URB review, knowing they can walk away later for a $60 million fine if the Utility's decision is negative and the deal sours. The ratepayers of this Province have no such remedy.

 

NDP Consumer Affairs Critic George Murphy (MHA, St. John’s East) has serious concerns about the “take or pay” arrangement which will be in effect after the Muskrat Falls project is completed and producing energy.

 
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) told the House of Assembly today she was “outraged” at a government move to keep details of the Loan Guarantee term sheet from opposition members until after question period today – even though the media was briefed before the House opened.

 

MR. SPEAKER: The Member for St. John’s East.

MR. MURPHY: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

 

MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Leader of the Third Party.

MS MICHAEL: Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker.

 
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) says now that the loan guarantee approval seems to rely on Nova Scotia’s private power utility, and with Emera’s final decision months away, there is time to send the proposed Muskrat Falls project back to the Public Utilities Board for independent scrutiny.

 

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