I take strong exception to a couple of comments John Crosbie made in his column in the May 18 Weekend edition of The Telegram.
The first comment refers to the Frank Moores' government attempt to develop Gull Island and that these attempts were not successful because of the lack of necessary finances or financial credit for us to carry out these attempts. I am surprised that John is not aware of the real reason the Moores' government aborted the project was because they did not have a customer for the power.
The second comment he made was "critics of that project might keep in mind an observation of Sir James Dewar, who in the early 19th century reminded everyone that minds are like parachutes: they only function when they are open," the implication being that everyone opposed to the project has a closed mind. This is an insult to the many extremely qualified people that have offered concerns for the viability of this project.
In the meantime he intends, in his next column, to deal with what he believes to be our last and best chance to overcome the travesty of the Upper Churchill agreement. I look forward to seeing his rationale which would have to include:
- What contracts are now in place for the purchase of Muskrat power?
- What price has Nalcor negotiated for the purchase of this power?
- What is the time frame for these contracts?
- What is Nalcor's up-to-date estimate of the cost of Muskrat power?
To my knowledge, there has been no public disclosure of this information, which he has to have in order to justify the project. I look forward, with great interest, to reading his column this week.