Mother of MP Peter Penashue says Muskrat Falls threatens her people and land

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ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — The mother of Labrador MP Peter Penashue (pen-ASH-ah-way) says she’s heartbroken that the Muskrat Falls hydro megaproject will create another dam on the Churchill River.

Elizabeth Penashue, a respected Innu elder, says she’s dismayed that Newfoundland and Labrador has approved the project with Ottawa’s backing.

Peter Penashue is also minister of intergovernmental affairs and has been criticized for overspending in the last federal election.

She declined to speak about his support for Muskrat Falls, but says she’s worried that wildlife will be wiped out and the water tainted with mercury.

Despite such protest, the Innu supported a deal that offers compensation for flooding from the Upper Churchill project and a share of Muskrat Falls profits.

Peter Penashue says environmental effects from the new hydro dam can be offset as the project creates jobs and business opportunities.



Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Ottawa

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  • not forgotten
    January 19, 2013 - 11:08

    quick, someone in the PMO write a script on how a grown man , peter Penashue, should talk to respected mother. RIP Burton Winters

  • concerned citizen
    January 19, 2013 - 10:23

    I applaud her for coming out with her concerns even though her son is a Federal Minister. She has legitimate concerns but unfortunately greed and money will prevail once again. This whole project has been troubled from the start and the consequences will outweigh any benefits the rich and elitist groups will get from this. The environment and average taxpayers will be the ones suffering for the incompetence and greed of others.

  • Don II
    January 19, 2013 - 10:00

    Listen to your mother Peter she has expressed some very valid concerns regarding the Muskrat Falls project.

  • Pierre Neary
    January 18, 2013 - 16:56

    Should make for an interesting family reunion.