In Russell Wangersky’s Oct. 2 column, “Watching the Muskrat,” he calls Muskrat Falls “a project that’s been covered to the point that a significant part of the population doesn’t even want to hear about it anymore.”
While Wangersky may be right, now is not the time to lose focus. I’m urging Newfoundlanders and Labradorians to continue to tune in, read and listen to information, and shape an informed opinion.
I’m in favour of the Muskrat Falls project moving forward.
Like many others, I’m waiting for final numbers, but if they deliver the same conclusion as the first round of information, I think we need to put politics aside and act strategically.
It’s important to be tied to the North American market and provide future development opportunities for the people of the province and region. I believe this will be the lowest cost-interest rate environment possible for the government to take on the debt to fund the development.
Muskrat Falls is an opportunity to demonstrate to Canada and the world, the visionary, tenacious people we are. It’s a chance to control our energy and economic future, and become environmental leaders. Improving our environmental performance by closing the Holyrood plant would make Newfoundland and Labrador almost fully powered by renewable energy.
I believe the team at Nalcor would only recommend sanctioning a project that is truly the best solution. Not only are they experts with professional reputations on the line, they’re fellow Newfoundlander and Labradorians.
I’m not asking people to adopt my opinion. I’m asking them to stay engaged in this conversation — follow the media coverage, read the reports, go to Nalcor’s website and ask questions.
We all have a responsibility to think about where we want Newfoundland and Labrador to be five, 10, 20 years from now and what we need to do to get there.