A while ago, I clipped a news item with intention of reflecting on how these words, with name changes, would apply to British Columbia. Unfortunately, I did not note the author’s name and now cannot locate it. Nevertheless, these are worthy of consideration.
Cathy Dunderdale makes me sick! Had she known about the risks she would never have endorsed Muskrat Falls.
[Cathy Dunderdale] was the premier of the province at the time of sanctioning and there were a lot of people warning the government that there were serious issues with the project.
Her response was always the same, “How can anyone question the experts at Nalcor?”
It was her duty, as premier, to do just that before she committed billions of our dollars to the mega project. Every elected official in her government also had a duty and responsibility to protect the interests of this province.
Ignorance is not an excuse.
They all chose to endorse Muskrat Falls blindly, as it turns out, rather than bringing in outside experts for a “cold eyes” scrutiny.
They chose to do the opposite, they decided to ignore the recommendations of the Joint Review Panel and even worse, to dismiss the Public Utilities Board.
Danny William’s government and all subsequent governments right up to the present time need to take their share of responsibility for this boondoggle. The buck has to stop somewhere and someone has to be held accountable.
Ignorance should not be an excuse, nor should stupidity.
They were in power to protect the citizens and best interests of this province and they failed us miserably. Now it’s time to take ownership of their mistake, passing the buck just doesn’t cut it!
Site C did not proceed through ignorance and stupidity. It was a mean spirited and carefully designed choice to favour special economic and political interests above all others.
The province of British Columbia and BC Hydro lied about electricity demand and need for the $11 billion Site C project near Fort St. John. They lied about the cost of alternatives. They lied about agricultural value of 80 kilometres of Peace River valley floor that will be inundated. They lied about cultural significance of lands settled by indigenous people for thousands of years.
They hide the names of companies given huge no-bid contracts and they hide the names of people awarding lucrative deals. The Narwhal reports:
BC Hydro has gone to court to avoid revealing the names of public employees who decide which companies are awarded lucrative Site C project contracts during construction of the $10.7 billion hydro dam.
Secrecy and corruption go hand in hand.
Residential and small business ratepayers were viewed as powerless consumers who, with sufficient advertising and mistruths, could be convinced that Site C was appropriate and inevitable, even a wise choice.
The net effect is to remove money from many pockets and deposit it into the pockets of a few. BC citizens are played for suckers, again.