In Newfoundland and Labrador, we have been conditioned to accept leadership and direction from our “Big Brother provinces.” Since joining Confederation, we have learned the art of following, and that is a tough habit to break.
Maybe many in Newfoundland and Labrador don’t want to or are afraid to even try to break this habit.
The Muskrat Falls development plan is a platform of leaders, not followers, and that may scare a lot of people. It may stress people to see visionaries in our midst who are not content to simply react, but instead, are compelled to be proactive.
We may not have any immediate needs for additional hydro power, but we will. Oil-generated power may be sufficient to fill our needs presently, but that will not always be the case. It will not always be economically viable or ecologically acceptable.
Those of us with foresight recognize the need for the Muskrat Falls development to proceed. Hopefully, those of us content with the status quo will follow that lead.