Muskrat Falls

Today in the House of Assembly, the NDP Caucus asked questions about government’s Fall Fiscal and Economic Update. The Finance Minister said today that his plan is to target agencies, boards, and commissions, including health authorities and school boards, to find savings.

 

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East - Quidi Vidi) says although the Liberals campaigned in the last election on improved management and more openness on the Muskrat Falls project, we have seen little of either so far.

Yesterday, the Premier said he wants to make sure that Nalcor is as open and transparent as any government department.

 

In the House of Assembly today, the NDP Leader asked questions surrounding the long overdue judicial inquiry into the Muskrat Falls project, as well as oversight management. Premier Ball recently announced that government would proceed with an inquiry this fall after all, but Lorraine Michael (MHA, St.

 
NDP Justice Critic Gerry Rogers

Recent events surrounding the incarceration of an Inuk protester are the latest evidence to that the province’s justice system is not working for all the province residents, says NDP Justice Critic Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre). She says government must undertake a review of how the provincial justice system interacts with indigenous people.

 
NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael

In the House of Assembly today, the NDP caucus asked some of the many questions that surround the controversial Muskrat Falls project. Top of the list was a demand for government to initiate a specialized investigation into the project’s initial cost projections, following revelations today from a former Nalcor engineer that the initial cost projections were completely unrealistic.

 
NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael

Questions continue to swirl around the way the Liberal government is handling Muskrat Falls and the deal with Nova Scotia utility company Emera, particularly the lack of transparency being displayed. NDP MHAs asked some of those questions today in the House of Assembly.

 
NDP St. John's Centre MHA Gerry Rogers

Members of the NDP Caucus were looking for answers from government on Muskrat Falls today in the House of Assembly, sparked by the Premier’s statement last week that electrical bills will double for residents of the province in three years.

“That means people now paying $300 a month will be facing a staggering $600 for their power bill,” said St. John’s Centre MHA Gerry Rogers.

 
NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael

Nalcor and the provincial government knew about potential cofferdam problems last July. NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi) wants to know to know why it took months for the public to find out.

 
NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael

A month ago, as protests over potential methylmercury contamination swept the province, the provincial government and Nalcor said it was “urgent” that the Muskrat Falls reservoir be flooded. Two weeks ago, coffer dam problems meant the water in the reservoir had to be drained. Today in the House of Assembly, NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, St.

 
NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael

NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi) wants to know what government has to say about an industrial accident at the Muskrat Falls site near midnight Sunday. A concrete spill resulting from a collapsed framework saw seven workers in need of first aid treatment; one was sent to hospital.

 

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