02 January 2011

Fin min admits power rates are sensitive issue

Finance minister Tom Marshall admitted last week that electricity rates resulting from the Danny Williams Legacy project are a very sensitive political issue.

In a year-end interview with the Western Star, Marshall said that he’d recently spoken with the federal finance minister about a federal loan guarantee for the project:

“We had discussions about loan guarantee, and if they’ll do that, we think we could drive hydro rates down even lower and save millions.”

Until now, the Marshall and his colleagues insisted that the project would be great from rate payers even without a loan guarantee.

Marshall’s comments mirror those of Premier Kathy Dunderdale in what is fairly obviously a concerted effort to allay concerns about massive increases in electricity rates resulting from the Williams’ legacy project.


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