Little known about Harper’s planned visit to Labrador base

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Prime Minister Stephen Harper. — Canadian Press file photo

Prime Minister Stephen Harper will make an announcement in Happy Valley-Goose Bay Friday, but nobody seems to know what it will be.

Premier Kathy Dunderdale, speaking to reporters at the House of Assembly today, said she didn't know what Harper will be in the province for, and she has no plans at the moment to travel to Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

Dunderdale said she only found out about Harper's visit through the media.

"I really don't know what the prime minister could be announcing at this point," she said.

One possibility is that Harper could be announcing the federal loan guarantee for financing on the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project. Happy Valley-Goose Bay is very close to the Muskrat Falls site. But given that the provincial government has been in negotiations with Ottawa on the loan guarantee for the past year and a half, it would be strange that Dunderdale wouldn't know about such an event.

"If he's preparing to do something with the loan guarantee, listen, I'll be there with bells on, but negotiations are still ongoing at the moment," Dunderdale said.

Another possibility is that Harper will make an announcement about the 5 Wing Goose Bay base itself, which has not seen much activity in recent years.

The Ottawa Citizen reported earlier this week that Harper sent two letters to Defence Minister Peter MacKay earlier this year directing him to find a more active role for the Goose Bay base.

Organizations: Ottawa Citizen

Geographic location: Goose Bay, Happy Valley, Muskrat Falls Labrador Ottawa

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  • Whaddaya At ?
    November 30, 2012 - 02:46

    Harper wouldn't even extend a common courtesy to Dunderdale by giving her a heads up about his visit to Goose Bay; she had to find out about it in the media. She's gonna be there ' with bells on ' ?. That's nice. At least Harper will know the woman with the bells on is Premier Dunderdale, the Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador.

  • Opposition
    November 29, 2012 - 17:07

    Yeah Cathy and the PM are best of firends. She really has harper warmed up to this province.

  • Pierre Neary
    November 29, 2012 - 16:51

    Harper probably doesn't know what the announcement is yet. He is trying to bail out Penashue.

  • darls
    November 29, 2012 - 16:21

    Kathy wasn't what a leader...maybe Harper is coming to announce that NEWFOUNDLAND is out of Canada.....oh wait as far as the rest of canada is concerned we already are.....hhhhhuuuuuummmmmm...cheers

  • Jen
    November 29, 2012 - 15:49

    I figure he's coming for the frequent flyer miles. I mean he wouldn't really be coming here to benefit NL, would he????

  • Jen
    November 29, 2012 - 15:47

    I figure he's coming for the frequent flyer miles. I mean he wouldn't really be coming here to benefit NL, would he????

  • Peter's Friend
    November 29, 2012 - 15:44

    He will make an announcement regarding further operations regarding 5 Wing Goose Bay. All the excitement will take the focus off Peter Penashue and the electorate will soon forget about his overspending on an election. Typical party politics that play out today.