HALIFAX - Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter is facing criticism for keeping secret the hiring three months ago of a company to study how the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project compares with other energy options.
Dexter confirmed Wednesday that the untendered $85,000 assessment was started back in September, before opposition critics started calling for an independent review of the project.
When asked today why he didn't reveal the existence of the study until this week, Dexter said it wasn't appropriate to say anything publicly until progress was made on the firm's assessment of the megaproject in Labrador.
The opposition Liberals and Conservatives questioned the premier's motives as the legislature prepared to wrap up its fall sitting today.
Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie says the public deserves an answer.
He also says the review is being conducted by a company that has already done a great deal of work for the government, which raises questions about its independence.