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COF — TIME FOR ANSWERS ON CFTA AND ENERGY TRANSMISSION
MHA Keith Hutchings, Opposition Intergovernmental Affairs Critic, is asking Premier Ball for answers relating to energy transmission and on-going discussions with Quebec under the Canadian Free Trade Agreement.
Monday, July 16, 2018

For Immediate Release

COF Meeting — Time for Answers on CFTA and Energy Transmission: Hutchings

St. John’s, NL (July 16, 2018) – MHA Keith Hutchings, Opposition Intergovernmental Affairs Critic, is asking Premier Ball for answers relating to energy transmission and on-going discussions with Quebec under the Canadian Free Trade Agreement.

This call comes as Premier Ball is set to attend the Council of the Federation meetings in New Brunswick with other provincial and territorial leaders this week.

“Premier Ball heralded the CFTA over a year ago, and the reference to review by Quebec to allow Newfoundland and Labrador to wheel power east to west from Labrador in accordance with the Canadian Constitution,” said Hutchings

“Under this agreement, Quebec still has a veto to restrict our transmission of power which has inhibited Newfoundland and Labrador economic development dating back to the development of the Upper Churchill project.”

All Canadian provinces endorsed the review of Newfoundland and Labrador sending power through Quebec through open access under the ratification of the Canadian Free Trade Agreement, and for a review to be conducted for the benefit of the country.

“With a Liberal mandated carbon tax that will cost every Newfoundland and Labrador family over $900 a year, in addition to all the fees and increased taxes in Liberal budget 2016, why are we still waiting on Quebec to allow us to sell and wheel power to markets of our choice?” asked Hutchings

“We do not need new taxes. We need open access for energy sales as guaranteed under our constitution.”

Hutchings believes the Ball Liberals needs to update Newfoundlanders and Labradorians on what progress has been made.

“Last year, the Premier promoted a cooperation agreement with Quebec, including two-year discussions about unrestricted flow over electricity through their province,” added Hutchings

“However, the Premier has not provided any update on these discussions, and on the eve of COF meetings with provincial counterparts, it is time to hear and advocate getting access established for Newfoundland and Labrador.”

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