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  • Ewen Head
    October 27, 2013 - 10:14

    I think all contracts no matter of size should be awarded to Canadian companies first if we have the equipment and man power to carry out the tasks.

  • Maggy Carter
    September 24, 2013 - 11:22

    Of course the comments from Skinner and Beck are self-serving. That said, I am rather surprised that the Council of Canadians, which has been opposed to free trade, globalization and the loss of Canadian control over its own industries, would be the ones to dismiss Aecon's concerns so readily. Mr. Kavanagh calls them 'hypercritical'. And on that he is probably right. If Aecon was the lowest bidder but NALCOR was awarding it to a Newfoundland company because, for example, of local content or local experience, then no doubt Mr. Beck would be the first to object loudly. Moreover, the Ontario government would care less that a mega project in that province was choosing an Italian contractor over a Newfoundland company if there was no Ontario company in the running. In that respect, I could care less about Aecon's or Ontario's crocodile tears. Like a great many other Newfoundlanders, I am anxious to know just how far over budget the Muskrat project is at this stage. I believe an update has been promised by NALCOR sometime this month (Perhaps Ms. Fitzpatrick could obtain an update on that issue). Meanwhile Roger Grimes, in his letter to the Telegram Saturday has also raised some very important questions about the extent of the contractual undertakings thus far by NALCOR in advance of securing the necessary loans and given the regulatory, legal and economic hurdles that are still dogging this project. In particular, I wait with bated breath to read the details of the deal Dunderdale now says NALCOR has struck with Emera to satisfy NS's utilities board. I am not at all encouraged by the two - rather simplistic - conditions placed on NALCOR by Cabinet. Cabot Martin might yet be right - that we are about to see a dramatic increase in NS's share of Muskrat power from 20% to 60% with little to show for the huge increase.

  • want work
    September 22, 2013 - 08:06

    The point is that we have Canadian companies that can doo this work. why give it to a foreign company? I think workers would have a better chance of having good employment with Canadian firms and the project has a better chance of success , on time and on budget with Canadaians. Vale has had lots of issues including work stoppages.

    • LongHarbourLon
      September 24, 2013 - 04:27

      Yes, they did have a work stoppage....an illegal one...carried out, for the most part, by those same Canadians that you praise as bringing a "better chance of success". Nationalistic pride isn't always properly placed.

  • LongHarbourLon
    September 21, 2013 - 13:58

    I'm not sure why we get our knickers in a knot over this stuff. Vale (Brazilian) partnered with Fluor (American) to build Long Harbour, and NLers have been doing fine on that project, thank you very much. We live in a global economy.......a good portion of the life we enjoy comes due to the involvement of foreign entities. Muskrat will likely not be much different.