The Premier’s announcement that he will reverse course and call
a public inquiry into the Muskrat Falls project has attracted much comment on
this Blog and in other forums. The public’s worst fear is that the inquiry will
accomplish little and result in another waste of money.
that the government will placate the many politicians and restrict the inquiry from having them testify and face examination.
the broadest possible inquiry mandate.
An Anonymous commentator enumerated eight reasons as to why the inquiry might be ineffective in response
to a piece on this Blog entitled Nalcor Meddling A Threat To Muskrat Inquiry.
doubt that any of the $12.7 billion, the estimated cost of Muskrat, will
be returned. Such a doubt could easily be said to be a guarantee. I suggest,
however, that particular concern may constitute a measure of overreach but others are far more legitimate
high rates and the subsidies (aka “rate mitigation”) required to repay the capital
borrowed and the operating expenses of the project will have adverse
consequences for public policy of all kinds, especially public services.
debacle could have occurred, how so many people could have been duped,
who is responsible and if punishment is warranted.
is borne solely by members of the public. Is there another volunteer?
should not be wasted, readers might want to consider this one commentator’s
reservations. Indeed, as another reader who gave the commentary particular
note suggested: “all (Premier) Ball has to do is turn those negatives into positives”.
“First of all let me say this inquiry will be a waste of money
because of the following:
Kennedy and Marshal to answer questions.
the confidentiality laws-
laws that will
not be changed to once and for all prevent this type of secrecy from
governments releasing information to ensure a much needed democratic, free
open process will be in place for the future projects.
due to this project so
nothing is going to change that.
in the future the
system of government has to change and that isn’t going to happen while we have
parties with vested interests in more projects, more spending and more
construction jobs to elect them in the future.”
Perhaps readers share some of this commentator’s concerns. Perhaps you should tell the Premier now. After he releases the Inquiry’s terms of reference it will be too late.
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