Go near at your peril
CP reports on Our Dear Schadenfreude:
Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Danny Williams says New Brunswick has dodged a bullet with the collapse of the sale of NB Power assets to Hydro-Quebec.It would appear that Newfoundlanders and Labradorians also dodged a bullet.
Williams said he understood that New Brunswick Premier Shawn Graham was trying to bring about lower power rates for residents of his province, but he felt compelled to warn him of the drawbacks of such a deal.
"My advice from day one was beware of Hydro-Quebec. Anybody who deals with Hydro-Quebec, in my opinion, deals with them at their peril."
After all, just six months ago, Kathy Blunderdale was telling all who would listen (though some chose not to hear) about the five years of interprovincial diplomacy that Danny Williams-Government went through, trying to rope Hydro-Quebec, that perilous, bullet-firing company, into getting involved in the imaginary Lower Churchill project... even after pledging to "go it alone":
We know that if you come in here as an equity player that you have to have a good return on your investment. And we want you to have a good return on your investment. But it also has to be a good deal for the people of Newfoundland and
Labrador. Now we have been with that message back and forth [i.e. to Hydro-Quebec] for five years. No, sir. No, sir. There is no takeup on that proposal.