Waiting for an audit
Premier Dwight Ball believes it is a matter of ‘when’ a forensic audit is performed for Muskrat Falls.
Premier Dwight Ball said it’s not a matter of if the province will conduct a review of the Muskrat Falls project, it’s a matter of when.
During a media availability at a Liberal cabinet retreat in Deer Lake on Tuesday, Ball said the time for that review is not now.
He was responding to questions related to an NTV poll, released on Monday, showing that 75 per cent of Newfoundlanders are in favour of a forensic audit of Muskrat Falls.
“I’m part of that 75 per cent,” said Ball.
He said he’s already committed to putting in place an intensive review — be it forensic audit or an inquiry.
But in speaking with the CEO of Nalcor, the board and others who participate in large contracts the feeling is doing so would disrupt the construction site and the project. “We don’t want to do that right now,” said Ball.
He said the reality of Muskrat Falls and the project’s impact on the province is reflected in what he’s been saying for five or six years now.
In 2012, he said, he did not support the project.
“Right now I’m managing this project.”
He said the province has anticipated the costs and know they have to complete it because the bills of the project won’t go away with shutting it down, with a forensic audit or with an inquiry.
“The cost of this project will be reflected on the (electricity) rates to Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. My job right now is to manage those rates so we do not put our province in an uncompetitive environment in three to four years out.”
Premier Dwight Ball spoke about the Muskrat Falls project at an event in Deer Lake on Wednesday.