Muskrat Falls all about Danny’s legacy

The Compass - - EDITORIAL OPINION -

Dear editor,

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

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