“Our best hope for a better deal is to argue, in the court of Canadian public opinion if not in the court of law, that the contract is undemocratic.”
Keeping us distracted while the wheel turns ’round…
“Frustration of Purpose suits are among the most difficult to pursue”
Why suing to overturn the Upper Churchill contract was never going to work.
As the debate surrounding the development of the lower Churchill intensifies, knowing what we do now about the development of the upper Churchill in the 60’s and 70’s makes for an interesting comparison. But views of course on the upper Churchill were much different at that time; take a leap back to 1967 with us to listen to Joey Smallwood speak at a sod-turning ceremony for the Churchill Falls where he talks to about the project, the province, and the future. Click here to access the audio courtesy of the CBC archives.
Despite the fact that a recent joint review panel report said that Nalcor’s assessment of the project was “inadequate”, and that it failed to justify the need for the project as a whole, the province’s Minister of Natural Resources says the time has never been better to develop hydro power at Muskrat Falls. The panel report also outlined a number of environmental concerns about the project, including flooded land, water quality and habitat loss, and questioned whether it would be the best alternative to meet domestic energy demands. It said Nalcor failed to justify the project in both energy and economic terms, and that there are outstanding questions regarding both Muskrat Falls and Gull Island developments. Premier Dunderdale isn’t fazed by the report, questioning the panel’s methodology in drawing its conclusions. Source: VOCM
In the months and years ahead we are all going to be hearing quite a bit about the upper Churchill and the lower Churchill hydro electric projects.