I am delighted with the Public Utilities Board report on the Muskrat Falls project.
The government and Nalcor have been hoisted by their own petard in attempting to manipulate the results of the review by manipulating the very conditions upon which the PUB had to operate.
Think of it: Nalcor presents a series of conditions and numbers, projected over 57 years no less, that are difficult to disprove because the conclusion is built-in to the assumptions and numbers upon which it is based.
So Navigant, Manitoba Hydro, the consumer advocate and at least one local economist were simply asked to confirm the addition of the numbers presented to them and the economist in question didn’t even get that right. The whole process was tautological in nature.
Now Dean MacDonald has closed off my centralist Liberal option by joining the government’s and Danny Williams’ obsession with Muskrat Falls. He states, “…but I can tell you you’re not going to ask Mr. Vardy or Mr. Penney to build a dam for you … you’re going to ask Nalcor, Navigant, Manitoba Hydro.” (The Telegram, April 5).
This is a specious argument which clearly implies that the rest of us meatheads should shut up.
MacDonald condemns the head of the PUB, a former chairman of the
PUB, former experienced civil servants, respected engineers and scientists, and the rest of us fools who dare question the substance and the process of evaluating the project.
The condescension is palpable.
Might I suggest he just lost a lot of Liberal votes with that statement?
By the by, where is our well-reputed school of business on this issue, or any of our professional schools for that matter?
What do they think of a 57-year
business plan — a plan of Nostradamic proportions?
Have they all been intimidated by the captains of industry?
Never mind chasing silly awards around the world, forget the money the schools get from industry; don’t be intimidated by teachers or administrators, muck into this and have something to say. I’m sure you have the courage to make a contribution to the debate.
Don’t make the same mistake I made in 1969 on the Upper Churchill contract by not saying a bloody word.
After all, it’s your future, not mine.