Que.adopts motion against Lower Churchill funding
Never thought i'd say "Long live Quebec" but there it is and here is why.
Labrador has a small population and a very low number of seats in government.(4 Prov and 1Federal) Not much clout! Plus we have a population of aprox 28,000 people which is being held against us by Newfoundland Governments, in the past and now.
Because of our situation and based on past treatment by governments we have no choice but to take our support where we can get it, so we thank Quebec for this and we trust that their present actions will help, not only Labrador, but Newfoundland as will. Newfoundland because of the high Hydro rates they will face if this project goes ahead.
We are held back from development, from proper highway construction, Water & Sewer in small communities & most recently potential clean energy (Lower Churchill Hydro Power). Hydro power that could be used in Labrador coastal communities to replace dirty fossil fuel power.
NL Government now claim they have hydro power for us to drive industries in Labrador but where is the proof of this? We see it as just hollow words. We don't see any industries that they could have enticed here to begin operation when this 1st power comes on stream.
What they are not telling us is that we will block the use of any power we may have reserved for you. We will put so many road blocks in place for industry that companies will just walk away. They will walk away rather then screwing around with this. They will walk away because it will not be feasible(cost effective) for them to operate an industry in Labrador. Sure they say, Vale Inco will need power when they go underground but they will try to force Inco to pay for a power line to their operations. A power line that should be paid for by Gov from the Revenue they have received for the past 40 years from 'OUR 300mw of Upper Churchill Power'. A line that should have already been in place to the North and South Coast of Labrador years ago, a sufficient line for industry down there.
If a Hydro line was already on the coast from Upper Churchill Hydro Power, like it should be, Nalcor & Government could just sell power to Vale Inco or Aurora Energy or any other need on the Labrador Coast at good rates. Think about the potential jobs a livehoods taken care of far into the future.
Dunderdale is now saying they will have available 500mw for Labrador. Sounds familiar? Will 500mw is what we supposed to get from Muskrat Falls & Gull Island if developed. Wait a minute, this isn't the 500mw she is alluding to now. No! She is actually offering us 300mw, that already there from Upper Churchill + 200mw from Lower Churchill=500mw. Hold your horses again: According to Nalcor Energy's Vice President, Gilbert Bennett, there is only 100mw of that reserved Upper Churchill power left. So now what do u have? 300-200+200=300mw total. Now we are back where we started in the 60's with 300mw. Some deal hey? Try to get you hands on it though. Looks like more Revenue for Provincial Government Coffers.
Don't know why i'm doing this. It's just helping NL Gov use our words and our Hydro Power against us. They do this by telling us what we want to hear, like Kathy Dunderdale did yesterday and today. The big, big problem with this is that thousands of Labrador people believe her and Nalcor Energy.