Muskrat Falls

Today in the House of Assembly, the NDP Caucus raised concerns about adequate power reliability and proper contracts to ensure the availability of backup power in the event of a failure of the Labrador-Island transmission link. NDP Natural Resources Critic Lorraine Michael (MHA, St.

 

This week the NDP Caucus will present a Private Member’s Motion urging government to immediately strike an All-Party Select Committee on rate mitigation and the future of Muskrat Falls.

NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi) tabled the motion in the House of Assembly today. St. John’s Centre MHA Gerry Rogers seconded the motion.

 

The NDP Leader is echoing criticisms by the province’s Consumer Advocate Dennis Browne regarding Newfoundland Power’s request to increase its rates once again, this time by 1.2 per cent.

 

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael is deeply concerned that the decision to allow the Muskrat Falls Public Inquiry to be exempt from ATIPPA could allow key documents to remain secret. The decision comes following a request from the Commission of Inquiry for an Exemption to the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

 

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael is questioning the timeline for the Muskrat Falls Inquiry, announced today, taking issue with the report deadline of Dec. 31, 2019, which will be after the next general election.

“The Premier says he wants to get answers for the people. I have to question why he doesn’t want those answers prior to the next election,” said Michael.

 

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.

 

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