N.B. tourism min­is­ter quits cab­i­net in dis­pute over sale of NB Power

Cape Breton Post - - BUSINESS -

FREDERICTON (CP) — New Brunswick’s tourism and parks min­is­ter has quit Premier Shawn Gra­ham’s Lib­eral cab­i­net in a dis­pute over the con­tro­ver­sial sale of parts of NB Power.

In a state­ment is­sued Fri­day night, Stu­art Jamieson said he was asked by the premier to ten­der his res­ig­na­tion af­ter say­ing the deal should be put to a pub­lic re­fer- en­dum.

The pro­posed $3.2-bil­lion deal would see Hy­dro-Que­bec ac­quire 10 power plants in New Brunswick, in­clud­ing the Point Lepreau nu­clear gen­er­at­ing sta­tion.

The deal was wa­tered down from the orig­i­nal $4.75-bil­lion deal an­nounced last fall fol­low­ing a pub­lic out­cry and open dis­sent from within the Lib­eral cau­cus.

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