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Premier Kathy Dunderdale speaks to the members of the St. John's Board of Trade today.
Premier Kathy Dunderdale used the podium of the St. John's Board of Trade to talk directly to the business community today.
Dunderdale painted the current economic and business climate in the province as prosperous. She said one of the core goals of her government is to make things easier for businesses.
Dunderdale and the PC government has typically use speeches at the Board to make big announces and lay out broad government vision.
The speech comes as the provincial government moves towards the final stages of sanctioning the massive Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project.
Dunderdale rattled off economic indicators and trends to paint the current economic mood as optimistic and prosperous.
She talked about the value of offshore oil revenues, but also talked up mineral developments and other economic sectors.
"Our story is one of strength," she said. "This province, in the last five years, has witnessed nothing less than a sea change."
Dunderdale also talked at length about Muskrat Falls, saying no project has been more scrutinized and more transparently explained.
"This project will stand on its merits, or not at all," she said.
Dunderdale said the Muskrat Falls is a keystone of the province's energy plans, and she said energy is as important in the province's development as fish once was.
She once again laid out the case for why Muskrat Falls is the best option for both domestic power supply and export.
More to follow online and in The Telegram Thursday.