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Opposition Leader Ches Crosbie said Premier Dwight Ball wasted an opportunity to negotiate with Quebec in the time before the Supreme Court of Canada rendered today’s judgment on CFLCo’s appeal to reopen the Upper Churchill Contract.
Friday, November 2, 2018

St. John’s, NL (November 1, 2018) – Opposition Leader Ches Crosbie said Premier Dwight Ball wasted an opportunity to negotiate with Quebec in the time before the Supreme Court of Canada rendered today’s judgment on CFLCo’s appeal to reopen the Upper Churchill Contract.

“It’s always impossible to predict the outcome of a Supreme Court of Canada decision.  I have been told that some officials in Quebec were sufficiently concerned about the pending judgment to be asking Newfoundland and Labrador to drop the case.

“We now know, from Justice Rowe’s dissenting opinion, that there was a strong and reasonable case for the opposite conclusion.  Quebec had good reason to be concerned.

“Until the judgment was rendered, the Ball government had leverage that it has now lost.

“The Ball government should have made an effort to come to a settlement with Quebec more favourable to Newfoundland and Labrador.

“Instead, Premier Ball threw away an opportunity to negotiate.  There is no evidence that the Ball government did anything during the pre-judgment period to take advantage of this opportunity.

“The province now faces a 23-year wait until the expiry of the Contract in 2041.”

 

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Bradley Russell
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BradleyRussell@gov.nl.ca

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