Opposition politicians are split over how the government should handle delays on the Muskrat Falls loan guarantee: push harder or sit back and wait.
Comments from federal Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver this week indicate he's still waiting for more project details before he signs off on a loan guarantee.
Last month Premier Kathy Dunderdale said they've given Oliver all the information he's asked for, and it's Nova Scotia utility Emera that's holding things up.
Liberal MHA Andrew Parsons says Dunderdale and Natural Resources Minister Jerome Kennedy should press Emera to turn in its financial numbers.
"This is our project," Parsons said. "It's our resource that they're trying to develop with this partner, so no, they have to steer the ship here and if it means that they have to put some pressure on Emera to meet these deadlines, then I think they need to."
The federal government has committed to providing a loan guarantee to help with the financing of the $6.2-billion hydroelectric project.
Nalcor CEO Ed Martin has said the loan guarantee will reduce borrowing costs by about two percentage points, which could net savings of roughly $600 million.
But before the federal government gives its blessing, it wants to hire an independent team of financial advisers to scrutinize the project's numbers.
Originally, the loan guarantee was supposed to be finalized before Nov. 30, or within eight weeks of Ottawa getting all the financial details. This week, Oliver said he still doesn't have all the information he needs.
"It seems that the federal government is doing its due diligence here. They're not going to plow ahead without having the information that they need," Parsons said.
"I'd like to think that timelines and deadlines could be met. It doesn't seem like they've ever been met in this matter, but again, I would also say that they can't just plow ahead without having the information they feel they need."
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael said that as far as she can tell, the only thing to do is try to be patient.
"I think Minister Oliver's comments are pointing out the fluidity of this whole situation and the fact that the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador really doesn't have control over this whole process," she said.
Michael said Dunderdale shouldn't rush a debate on the issue in the House of Assembly until all the information is in, including the details of the loan guarantee.
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