Well, the other shoe has finally dropped. Alderon and Danny Williams have opened the closet door very wide and have clearly exposed their conjoined interest in Muskrat Falls and what is truly behind the project.
We only suspected and speculated up until now … now we know (“Industry needs Muskrat Falls: Alderon chairman,” June 7).
Now we know why this project with all its controversy, with all its debate and bantering about power needs and numbers, with all the unforgivable bully tactics and the unilateral suspension of our rights through the dismissal of the Public Utilities Board, what’s really at play here.
It’s really a powerplay by the elite, government and industry to foster their own best interest.
Now we have the incontrovertible truth of the matter.
Now we know the project is for the elite.
It’s for Jim Prentice and his bank, it’s for the shareholders, it’s for Alderon, Danny Williams and others.
Never forget — all of these people make money on the deal at our expense for an outrageously long 57 years!
And all guaranteed by the Government of Canada. That’s us, too, by the way.
The small population base of Newfoundland, especially its fixed income or no income components, will be slavishly indentured to pay for this project while others make profits on their backs.
Are you going to let them do this to us?
Are you going to roll over and expose your necks to the knife of the powerful and the elite?
Don’t be like the gutless school of business, for example, who appear to have abdicated to government and industry largesse.
Not a word of analysis, protest or criticism has passed over their commercial lips.
No doubt Williams’ role in the affair is perfectly legal but the perception stinks to high heaven.
First, there is the perfunctory agreement with Emera of Nova Scotia, then he resigns in a heartbeat — finally his association with the mining industry who desperately need the power is revealed.
When we connect the dots, what else are we to think?
Now that Mark Morabito of Alderon has declared himself, he is attempting to intimidate us by suggesting no Muskrat Falls means no mining and no jobs.
I say puppy poop to that.
It’s a tactic used against us many times before: 480 jobs in the Labrador Trough Kami project “generating billions of dollars of tax revenue,” clearly implying that Alderon would be the beneficiary of hundreds of billions of revenue for itself.
You would think that with all these billions floating around they could dedicate a billion or two to help build the project, wouldn't you?
But they won’t — it’s called greed.
This project is not for us — it never was, so I implore all of you to let the power of consciousness and criticism bring the ambitions of the elite to an abrupt halt.
Remember Churchill Falls of 1969 and do it lest the elite of industry and politics sin twice against Newfoundland.