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