- July 29, 2013 - 06:47
This deal has more exposed cracks than a plumbers convention. The PC Muskrat Falls cheerleaders and their big business masters must have their escape routes from the province planned well in advance, because they show no concerns over the common peoples response to being crippled financially in the future by this sketchy looking deal. Centuries ago it was Vikings who would pillage and flee, now it's our elected officials and the puppet masters who pull their strings. It's a pity the PC's did not have the same unstoppable fervor when it came to exploring the reasons why Search and Rescue failed Burton Winters.
- Cashin Delaney
- July 26, 2013 - 21:26
Maybe gold rings and lapel pins were just a warm up. Casing Confederation Hill, so to speak. Up the ante now. Turbines and transmission lines. Remember how the spending scandal ended? Me neither. The bean counters, gurus and lawyers took over, to our additional (continuing?) cost. From CBC: Amount of money spent by the provincial government on accounting/consulting/legal related to civil actions to recover constituency allowance overpayments and payments to third-party suppliers as of mid-July 2012: $749,572.99 Amount of money recovered by the government through those civil actions: $860,308.19 Net gain: $110,735.20 I've been entertained in the past by lawyers discussing the profitable ins and outs of suing their own spouses and even mothers, for profit. Not a big stretch of the imagination to believe that our government and supporting cast of hydro-rodents would act in a general manner as to induce legal action against itself, for profit.
- Winston Adams
- July 26, 2013 - 13:47
Brad Cabana is right, it seems to me, and few Nflders want to credit his insight and courage to bring this to our Nfld court. This editorial says HQ is cunning in this and past actions. To me it seems Nalcor and our government have been cunning in this scheme to get around HQ's rights that are fairly clear. HQ may want at times to reduce or increase flow and production on the Upper Churchill to maximize or reduce the output from other of their hydro sites. To do so would now impede the Muskrat production. Nalcor wishes to be in control of this, which appears to negatively impact HQ rights. This scheme is either cunning and probably illegal or else it is ingenious. Ingenious solutions make for world class companies, and I guess the courts will enlighten us. Dunderdale ensures us Nalcor is world class. We can hope for that, but I wouldn't bet on it.
- Brad Cabana
- July 26, 2013 - 08:43
From the Supreme Court of Canada review of the Reversion Act 1984: " Even if the flow of electricity to Quebec continued at the same rate and for the same price after coming into enforce of this Act, it would be in the form of a priviledge rather than enforceable right. All of this, in my opinion, points to one conclusion: the Reversion Act is a colourable attempt to interfere with the power contract and thus to derogate from the rights of Hydro Quebec to receive an agreed ammount of power at an agreed price." Folks, this law established 28 years ago by a unanimous decision of the Supreme Court of Canada, which is not open to challenge. So, as you can read, our government and Nalcor have mislead us, blowing $800 million to a billion in the process. That's the sad truth.