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NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael

Since the original announcement of the Muskrat Falls project, says NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi), her caucus has been asking questions calling for greater transparency around the project’s contracts and terms, as well as the impact of its costs on consumers’ household budgets.

 
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) says the Maritime Link portion of the Muskrat Falls megaproject is a perfect example of why the provincial government should have allowed the Public Utilities Board to scrutinize the entire project before committing billions of public dollars to it.

 

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

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

 

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

 
NDP Consumer Affairs Critic George Murphy

NDP Consumer Affairs Critic George Murphy (MHA, St. John’s East) says Newfoundland Power’s request for a 7.2 per cent increase in consumer rates is out of line, and he has written to the Public Utilities Board to say so.

 
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) says the province’s Public Utilities Board should use its legislated authority to conduct an independent, third party investigation into the state of electricity generation and supply since the breakdown of a generating unit at the Holyrood thermal station.

 

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

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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

 

MR. SPEAKER: The Leader of the Third Party.

MS MICHAEL: Thank you very much, 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.

 

MR. SPEAKER: The Leader of the Third Party.

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

 

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