A pro­gres­sive new gov­ern­ment?

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

It is not enough that our new Premier thinks Is­lan­ders should for­get about the $1 bil­lion squan­dered by the pre­vi­ous Lib­eral gov­ern­ment. Now they want us to be­lieve that we need a new power gen­er­a­tor pow­ered by diesel oil. That is not pro­gres­sive think­ing.

What we need is a public util­ity to gen­er­ate elec­tric­ity for all Is­lan­ders, at a rea­son­able rate. There is no rea­son we could not gen­er­ate a rea­son­able profit as well. The com­pa­nies /cor­po­ra­tions do and usu­ally it is a hand­some profit, a por­tion of which goes to share­hold­ers. As a public util­ity prof­its could go to the province's con­sol­i­dated rev­enue fund to sup­port gov­ern­ment pro­grams such as health care or ed­u­ca­tion.

Min­is­ter Biggar has stated that if the new gen­er­a­tor re­ceives the ap­proval of IRAC it will only be used on an "as needed ba­sis." Why not power the gen­er­a­tor with nat­u­ral gas and use it on a full time ba­sis? It would cer­tainly be cheaper than diesel and prob­a­bly less ex­pen­sive than our cur­rent rate.

All the elec­tion prom­ises of a new be­gin­ning seem to be for big busi­ness and the priv­i­leged. Not much change at all. Wayne Carver, Long Creek

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