Former federal cabinet minister Jim Prentice speaks at the Noia oil and gas conference in St. John’s Wednesday.
— Photo by James McLeod/The Telegram
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Already, with the development of the Muskrat Falls and the relatively small amount of surplus electricity it provides, critics are saying that plunging energy prices mean that there will be nowhere to sell the power.
Prentice said the electricity should go to Ontario instead.
“We as a country need to seize every advantage, and the Lower Churchill represents a significant advantage for this province, for the region, and for Canada as a whole,” Prentice said.
“Now is the time for the provinces of Ontario and Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador to come together in partnership. Now is the time for our representatives to sit down, roll up our sleeves and to work out a long-term plan to deliver clean, renewable, affordable power into the markets in Canada where we have high demand.”
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Prentice, a former cabinet minister in the Harper government, said he doesn’t see a role for the federal government in making that happen; instead, he said it’s a job for the premiers to work out.
“I think initially the provinces need to come together in partnership and have those discussions,” he said.
“If there’s a role for the federal government, certainly, I’m sure they’ll be involved as well.”