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  • AGF
    July 20, 2010 - 13:03

    When I saw this news item in The Telegram yesterday I thought to myself, why do they continue to legitimize this spin doctoring by publishing it as if it has any merit? Have you ever considered the role you play in pepetuating all those meaningless press release that you so often criticize?

  • Bert
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    Did anyone think maybe the govt. sent this story to you for the mere reason that no matter how good the story was , the telegram would only condemm it or put in the Jeers section of the Cheers and Jeers section. Contrary to what you might think the govt. is way ahead of your writers in both skill and popularity.

  • Lab12
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    When will the Island understand that the Territory of Labrador wants no part of this mess. Flood out St. Johns and see how you like cheap power. Never going to happen folks, get use to it.

  • James II
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    Part of the cost of doing business for large engineering consortia is the enormous effort expended in attempting to land a lucrative contract for a major project. It isn't your standard government tender where the lowest price usually prevails. There are politicians to lobby, bureaucrats to wine and dine with no certainty of any contract at the end of the day. But of all the projects such companies chase, this one is particularly challenging, frustrating and worrisome. Why? Because at the end of the day there is no assurance that there will be a project at all. My own humble opinion is that there will not. Even Williams is on record only a few weeks ago saying that he has no firm timeline for when the Lower Churchill will proceed. The NL Government (NALCOR et al) reminds me of a guy who finds himself dating in the midst of a messy divorce. All the while he is courting his new interest, he is villifying his ex. And yet his new squeeze can't help but wonder what would happen if the ex showed the slightest interest in the one she has jilted. Nine times out of ten you'll find - as Shania Twain would say - his boots back under her bed. Indeed the more Machiavellian of exes may even throw him a bone just for the fun of seeing the look on the new girl's face. Enough dating analogies. This province's energy aspirations have suffered overwhelming, sustained abuse at the hands of Hydro-Quebec, the Quebec government and the federal government since the 1960s. That has not changed; nor will it change even if Williams finds an engineering and financially feasible solution that does not depend on Quebec. There is no reasonable prospect of success in the near future and to pursue it is a waste of taxpayers' money. It is money that could be much better spent including, perhaps, the creation of a commission to examine political and constitutional options through which NL may begin to realize its true potential. I would support Williams in that effort but not his inclination, as was the wont of those who preceded him, to chase rainbows under which the pot of gold is well guarded by more powerful interests than our own.

  • Polly
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    While this government deals in the hypothetical , provinces like Nova Scotia are inking deals : The Nova Scotia government and Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Inc. have finalized a deal to build a wind turbine plant at the former TrentonWorks railcar factory. In a statement, the government announced it closed the transaction today with the South Korean manufacturing giant.---- The Chronicle Herald .

  • Eugene
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    An exercise in perception-engineering. Nalcor, created as a means to move public property into private hands, is shown to be 'negotiating' with the government. Next, Nalcor will be looking to the market to help 'finance' its over-the-rainbow schemes...and with equity shares given over to private investors, we'll be descending a slippery slope. N&L has already 'invested' hundreds of millions in Nalcor, to what end? From what already exists (Upper Churchill) all Labradorians, if not islanders too, should be getting free electricity. One wonders what sort of liability Nalcor will actually be, beyond what we've already paid for this 'corporate image'.

  • S
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    Thank you, Danny and government minions, for winning this tremendous deal. There is no doubt that Nalcor was out for itself only, planning to scr&w the people of the province out of our rightful jobs. But thanks to the relentless strength, pride and determination of this government we have been saved! Sorry? Nalcor is part of government? Oh. Never mind.