Liberal leadership candidate Danny Dumaresque returned from a whirlwind trip to Norway with surprising news.
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Liberal leadership candidate Danny Dumaresque recently went to Norway to learn about tunnels. He’s convinced that the province could connect the Northern Peninsula to Labrador for $496 million.
Speaking to the media Monday morning, Dumaresque announced he’s more convinced than ever that a tunnel to Labrador is something the provincial government has to get behind.
He said he believes a tunnel can be built between the Northern Peninsula and southern Labrador for less than half a billion dollars.
“We could have two tubes, 28 feet wide, two lanes each way, for road traffic for a total of $496 million,” Dumaresque said.
When you look at the fact that the government could incorporate Muskrat Falls costs by sending the Labrador-Island Link through the tunnel, Dumaresque said, it’s even more affordable.
He acknowledged that sending the Muskrat Falls cable through the tunnel “may delay electricity to the island for a year or so,” but he still said it’s the way to go.
“I call upon the premier to stop planning for the laying of the submarine cable and take all necessary steps to have the tunnel built as described.”
Dumaresque has made a tunnel to Labrador one of the main planks of his leadership bid, but he’s got newfound zeal for it following his fact-finding trip to Norway.
“There’s tremendous expertise in Norway. They’ve built nearly a thousand tunnels — 32 of them underwater,” he said.
“What they tell me is that if you do your proper geophysical and geological work in the beginning, and you know precisely what’s in front of you, then you can contain any overruns to within between 10 and 15 per cent.”