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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Two Articles on Lower Churchill

Below are links to two articles on the Lower Churchill project. Both make some interesting points.

Powering Up?

The Packet

…In its early years as a province Newfoundland and Labrador had an exquisite opportunity for financial stability with the development of the Upper Churchill. That single hydroelectric project could have reaped huge benefits for this province.

Unfortunately Joey Smallwood and the government of the day didn’t do their homework. In fact, excuse the pun, they sold us down the river.

It’s Quebec, not Newfoundland and Labrador, that has gotten rich from Churchill Falls.

The province will get another chance at the Upper Churchill when the current contract with Quebec, signed in 1969, expires in 2034.

In the meantime, by current estimates, this province took in $20 million last year from the Upper Churchill. Quebec hauled in $800 million. Who’s resource is it?...


Jumping the gun

The Labradorian

…Touting provincial independence and self-sufficiency, Mr Williams once again transformed into Super Danny and became the talk of the people. The media outlets couldn't get enough snip-bits of the common folk praising our provincial hero and at the same time broadcasting opinions of those who didn't think it was such a hot idea.

The Lower Churchill became the topic of discussion and the talk just kept on coming.

By Thursday afternoon, politicians, special interest groups, economists and outspoken citizens from across the country had shared their two cents…


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