Ref­er­en­dum mo­tion on NB Power de­feated

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FREDERICTON (CP) — New Brunswick’s Lib­eral gov­ern­ment used its ma­jor­ity Thurs­day to de­feat an Op­po­si­tion mo­tion that called for a ref­er­en­dum on the con­tro­ver­sial NB Power deal with Hy­dro-Que­bec.

Con­ser­va­tive Leader David Al­ward ar­gued that the gov­ern­ment doesn’t have a man­date to sell 10 power plants in the prov­ince for $3.2 bil­lion.

“ They’re ig­nor­ing the peo­ple of New Brunswick and be­cause of that we be­lieve it’s im­por­tant that New Brunswick­ers have a voice,” he said.

How­ever, En­ergy Min­is­ter Jack Keir said the gov­ern­ment was elected to make tough de­ci­sions and that’s what they are do­ing.

“ We were elected to lead and make those tough de­ci­sions and, frankly, all the easy de­ci­sions were made in the seven years they (the Con­ser­va­tives) were here and all that’s left are the tough ones, and we’re go­ing to make them,” Keir said.

The mo­tion was de­feated by a vote of 28 to 22.

Stu­art Jamieson, who was re­cently booted from cab­i­net for in­sist­ing on a ref­er­en­dum, wasn’t in the house for the vote.

The New Brunswick and Que­bec gov­ern­ments have stated they hope to fi­nal­ize the power deal by the end of March.

Al­ward said he’s not ready to con­cede de­feat on the is­sue.

“ You can be cer­tain that be­tween now and the end of the de­bates, whether that be March 31 or whether that be Sept. 27, we will con­tinue to do our job to bring dif­fer­ent bills and mo­tions for­ward to try and stop this deal,” Al­ward said.

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