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The Prince George Citizen - - FRONT PAGE -

In re­ply to Todd Whit­combe’s col­umn last week, a lot of us see the NDP hav­ing a very dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion.

Num­bers can be used to favour the bias of the writer. So Whit­combe should have wrote “It boils down to it is very likely go­ing to cost at least $10 bil­lion (not in to­tal, as this num­ber does not in­clude the other $1 bil­lion for new trans­mis­sion lines and other off-site costs) to com­plete the dam and at most $4 bil­lion will be spent to stop the dam con­struc­tion.

Some num­bers from the re­port are $9.2 to $12.5 bil­lion to com­plete the dam, again not in­clud­ing the out­side in­fra­struc­ture men­tioned above, and $750 mil­lion to $2.3 bil­lion for stop­ping, not in­clud­ing the $2.1 bil­lion spent al­ready. The $2.3 bil­lion in­cludes: $700 mil­lion for fi­nanc­ing costs and de­vel­op­ing al­ter­na­tive power.

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