The beat goes on, with a paper from the Harris Centre written by David Vardy. Please remember, according to Premier Kathy Dunderdale, Muskrat Falls is a good project.
Mr. Vardy is not so sure. Neither are a lot of people. By the speed with which Danny Williams departed the scene, neither was he.
I said it before and, like Mr. Vardy, I will say it again. Without Quebec, this so-called project is going nowhere that makes any sense.
The question is; how do we stop this ship of fools from sailing that little no-account electrical cord across the Straits, trekking it across the island twice, through the Gulf of St. Lawrence straight into the wall of Hydro-Québec power, where it will be short-circuited? Then, as Mr. Vardy suggests, the island ratepayers will be stuck with higher electrical rates because of it.
Sure, the investors will make a killing, but not the average taxpayer.
To me, the most contentious issues are that there is nothing in it for Labrador, the environmental destruction and the social upheaval.
Nalcor made it perfectly clear there would be no power for Labrador from this project.
The environmental destruction will be the destroyed forest, drowned and creating methyl mercury, a neurotoxin which will last for over a hundred years.
When did any Labradorian ever poison your water, Ms. Dunderdale?
The Innu are promised first crack at the jobs. They will bring in outside contractors, who in turn will bring in their own workers. Other Labradorians will get only scrap jobs, if that.
The social problems will be enormous given the pressure of this fly-in and fly-out operation.
Labrador needs jobs from its resources that will build the territory, not destroy it.
The Environmental Review Panel wrote up some 70-plus recommendations - unless these are followed, there will not likely be any federal loan guarantees.
More money for the Newfoundland and Labrador taxpayer to pony up.
No, this so-called project is simply being done to replace Holyrood, which, as Mr. Vardy points out, could be replaced by looking at alternatives.
Alternatives were crushed by Nalcor from the very outset.
Some way must be found to stop this project from turning into something which looks like the Upper Churchill or the Sprung greenhouse disasters.
Given the provincial government mentality for disasters, this may not be possible.
James G. Learning
Happy Valley-Goose Bay