Debate ends; consumers chained to project for 50 years
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) says she and her caucus have no regrets about spending 86 hours in the pre-Christmas period delaying the passage of two of the most dangerous bills ever presented in the provincial legislature.
“While the Conservative majority ensured they would pass Bills 60 and 61, the days of debate served to let the public know what was being done to them,” Michael said shortly after the final vote.
“In order to get Stephen Harper to keep his promise of a loan guarantee for the project, the Dunderdale Conservatives had to commit the ratepayers of this province to buying Nalcor’s Muskrat Falls power – and only that power – for the next half a century,” she added. “Even worse, Dunderdale agreed to take the Public Utilities Board out of the picture.
“They may think there’s nothing wrong with chaining ratepayers to first paying for a project that may yet balloon to a cost of $10 Billion or more, and then having to pay for enough electricity to allow Nalcor to make a profit; but I think it’s shameful,” Michael said.
“The Dunderdale Conservatives have done what Stephen Harper demanded. They have protected Nalcor and its grandiose project, and sacrificed the people of this province to do it.
“My caucus and I are happy and proud of the job we have done to ensure we could make an informed decision with confidence."