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Will Ball Get a Commitment from Trudeau of $200 Million for Rate Mitigation?
Ball needs to get Trudeau to make a definitive statement about the mitigation funding: will he be providing it or not?
Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Office of the Official Opposition 

For Immediate Release

 

St. John’s, NL (September 11, 2019) – PC Opposition Leader Ches Crosbie asked a month ago whether Justin Trudeau was coming to the Regatta with the $200 million cheque for rate mitigation that Dwight Ball announced before the provincial election.

Trudeau came and went, but there was no sign of the cheque. And no opportunities to ask him questions about his failure to provide it. There was no sign of the cheque back in April either, when Ball signed the April Fool’s Agreement and Bill Morneau dropped by his office.

On September 4, Ball tweeted: “Yesterday I met with @Bill_Morneau as a follow up to my meeting with @JustinTrudeau in August. We discussed the work being done to examine the financial structure of the Muskrat Falls Project.” And: “I received confirmation that work with continue by federal officials during the writ period, information that is important to the PUB for it's final report in January 2020.”

Crosbie said, with the federal election focusing attention on where the parties stand, Ball needs to get Trudeau to make a definitive statement about the mitigation funding: will he be providing it or not?

In Saturday’s Globe and Mail, Konrad Yakabuski wrote: "The $200 million question facing Newfoundlanders in the federal election is whether the Trudeau government is just stringing them along with vague promises of helping out on electricity rates or whether it can be counted on to pay up after they go to the polls."

Crosbie said, “The people of the province deserve to know where the federal government stands on rate mitigation, and the government of the province has an obligation to press harder for a solid commitment.”

“Surely Mr. Ball wouldn’t have announced $200 million in federal funding without getting a firm commitment that Ottawa was actually going to pay it?”

 

Contacts:

Bradley Russell

Director of Policy and Research

(p) 1.709.729.3668

BradleyRussell@gov.nl.ca

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