Shortage of ruth
The Ministry of Truth (Provincial) reports this afternoon:
Williams: New Brunswickers Dodged a BulletIt would appear that Newfoundlanders and Labradorians also dodged a bullet.
Premier Danny Williams says New Brunswickers dodged a bullet. New Brunswick Premier Shawn Graham has announced that the proposed deal to sell major assets of NB Power to Hydro Quebec is dead. Premier Williams had lobbied New Brunswick not to get involved with Hydro Quebec, calling them a "ruthless company". He says he's not surprised that Hydro Quebec would try to squeeze every little bit out of New Brunswick in the last moments. He expects that he'll be in contact with the Premier of New Brunswick to have a discussion on the latest turn of events.
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 ruthless, 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.