Search and res­cue, hockey and power

The Compass - - EDITORIAL OPINION -

Dear edi­tor,

Is Premier Kathy Dun­derdale and her gov­ern­ment as anx­ious to take credit for clos­ing the search and res­cue cen­tre in St John’s as they were in sup­port­ing the Harper gov­ern­ment?

When one sup­ports some­thing or some­body, they must also share in their suc­cess and their fail­ures. Be­cause you and your gov­ern­ment were out in your true colours sup­port­ing Harper in the last fed­eral elec­tion, I do be­lieve you should share in his de­ci­sion-mak­ing.

What can we say about our gov­ern­ment mem­bers two elec­tions ago? They were all fol­low­ing Danny and the ABC cam­paign. This past elec­tion un­der Premier Dun­derdale, it was WWVC, or We Will Vote Con­ser­va­tive.

What does this say for our gov­ern­ment mem­bers? Have they a back­bone or haven’t they? Isn’t it about time we start elect­ing mem­bers who have guts enough to speak for them­selves, and not those who use the House of Assem­bly as a cover to do their heck­ling?

Premier Dun­derdale, I have won­dered why you and your gov­ern­ment didn’t sup- port the AHL hockey team for St. John’s. I think I have come up with the an­swer to my ques­tion. Five hun­dred thou­sand dol­lars to a hockey team, or $500,000 to 10 or 12 make­work projects in ru­ral New­found­land. I guess the make-work projects won out.

It makes one won­der when an in­vest­ment of $500,000 can bring back into the econ­omy $8 to $10 mil­lion. Where were the St. John’s MHAs when the de­ci­sion was made not to give the AHL team this money?

I would like to con­grat­u­late the peo­ple in­volved with the hockey team with their suc­cess. I guess you showed Kathy it could be done with­out her help.

On an­other topic, I ask the premier to come clean and tell the peo­ple of this prov­ince the truth. How much money per kilo­watt will the gov­ern­ment be get­ting for the power from Muskrat Falls be­ing sold by Emera? If you don’t pro­vide an an­swer, I and many more New­found­lan­ders will al­ways be doubt­ful of you.

From what I can read in the pa­per and lis­ten to in the news, the cost to de­velop Muskrat Falls power will be 14.3 cents per kilo­watt hour. Be­gin­ning in 2012, Hy­dro Que­bec will be sell­ing power to Ver­mont for 5.8 cents. This is a 26-year con­tract. Where are you go­ing to sell Muskrat Falls power and make money on it?

I think you are try­ing to make the Churchill Falls pro­ject look good.

It is time the peo­ple of New­found­land and Labrador elected a premier who will go and sit with the premier of Que­bec and ne­go­ti­ate a deal. All we have heard from our two re­cent premiers are in­sults be­ing thrown at the Que­bec peo­ple. It is time to for­get about the con­tract that was signed on the Up­per Churchill.

I am a firm be­liever that if New­found­land was a part of the Prov­ince of Que­bec, we would be a whole lot bet­ter off.

Some peo­ple are go­ing to won­der what I am up to for the past cou­ple of edi­tions of The Com­pass. I have been kick­ing the Lib­er­als in the face. Now this week I am kick­ing the PCs.

A job to fig­ure me out, isn’t it? I worked my life­time and was never any­body’s pup­pet. I al­ways spoke my mind and I don’t think it is worth my while to change now. Moses Barrett Spa­niard’s Bay

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