Liberal Leader Dwight Ball has a lot to say about Muskrat Falls, and he wants a lot of time in the House of Assembly to say it.
Ball, flanked by Liberal House Leader Yvonne Jones, laid out a seven-point structure of how he wants to see the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project debated.
The Liberal proposal includes time for politicians to question expert witnesses on the floor of the House, and daily sessions would run from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
The Liberals also want to see an hour-long question period during the debate.
Ball said they’ve been trying to sit down with the government and talk about the format of the House of Assembly special debate into Muskrat Falls and hasn’t had any response thus far.
Ball said in the format they’re proposing, the debate would probably last two weeks or more in the House of Assembly.
This all runs very much contrary to the signals coming from government thus far; Premier Kathy Dunderdale has said she’d like to see a debate modeled on the 2002 Voisey’s Bay special debate. That debate lasted three days in June of 2002.