Muskrat Falls all about Danny’s legacy
It never ceases to amaze me the bull that Premier Kathy Dunderdale and her government is trying to shove down the throats of the people of this province.
Of our nine premiers since Confederation, the only one to leave a legacy was Danny Williams. Now our children and grandchildren are being saddled with a debt of $6 or $7 billion to leave a legacy for Danny.
I have spoken too fast when I say Danny didn’t leave a legacy. He was the premier when the Stephenville paper mill closed; he was also there for the closing of the Grand Falls paper mill and the Burgeo fish plant. Who says Danny hasn’t got a legacy?
Roger Grimes was only premier of our province for a little more then two years and what a legacy he left. The Voisey’s Bay nickel mines and the Long Harbour project. Do you recall Danny saying how he could drive a truck through the holes in the Voisey Bay contract? Now they are using the same trucks to haul home the cheques from the profits of Voisey Bay.
Let’s get back to what Premier Dunderdale is promoting — a legacy to Danny at any cost. The Muskrat Falls must go according to the Dunderdale government. We the people of the province will get our chance to have our say on the Muskrat Falls project on election day when we go to mark our X.
I will not be marking an X to double my electric bill. Before marking your X, think on what you are doing to your children and grandchildren.
The government of today tells us that wind power is no good, yet only about three years ago the present day government developed a wind farm on the Burin Peninsula. Was that only done for cosmic reasons? Or is that wind farm operating? Does it produce electric power? Will it turn on a light bulb? Will someone please answer these questions? It might help a lot of people come polling day.
The Quebec government is developing wind farms and selling the power to the United States. How stupid are they to be doing such things. Yet our government tells us it doesn’t work.
Premier Dunderdale, I don’t think much of you or your government for withholding information. Electricity generated by wind power doesn’t work.
When the Upper Churchill was developed there was a clause whereas we could recall 300 megawatts of power. I am of the assumption this would be more than enough to meet the needs of Labrador. But yet again our good-hearted has sold that to the Maritime provinces for pocket change. Yet we are asked to develop the Muskrat Falls paying 100 per cent of the cost and giving 20 per cent away.
Who signed this deal? Giving away 20 per cent of the Muskrat Falls power? Does she think that our minds are so bad that we forget that Danny Williams signed the deal, then resigned and left it to Premier Dunderdale to do the follow-up?
I am a firm believer in the reason for Danny resigning was when he realized how bad a deal he had signed, he got out of there.
We who live around Conception Bay know that the oil-fired generating station at Holyrood must cease. We have trillions of cubic feet of natural gas around our province, yet we are leaving it undeveloped. Why? It is a clean burning energy source and why isn’t the generating station at Holyrood modified to burn it.
Before the generating station at Bay d’Espoir, Cat Arm and the Holyrood generating station, we did have power generated by the smaller rivers in the province. We did have paper mills at Grand Falls and Corner Brook and a number of mining projects such as Buchans, Bell Island and St Lawrence. Why aren’t these rivers developed to produce the small amount of power we need?
When the Gull Island part of the Lower Churchill is developed, there is going to be negotiations with Quebec in order to transport our power into the United States. Isn’t it better to develop both projects the same time and negotiate a contract for both projects? A few short years ago the Lower Churchill project was to cost $5 billion. Now, by doing it as two different projects, it will probably cost $15 billion.
Ask yourself: what has the PC government got against Newfoundland? Why try to saddle us with so much debt? I can’t get my head around how our government can keep pushing it down our throats.
If the project is so good and the power is needed by other provinces or states, let them pay for the development. If no one is satisfied with that, let the water run over the falls; it’s not costing us any money.
No, I am not a Liberal supporter. I just call it as I see it. If given an opportunity to write something about the Liberals, I will. Moses Barrett writes from Spaniard’s Bay