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BRIAN JONES: Canadians to join Newfoundlanders in misery

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Reminders of Newfoundland’s impending doom are everywhere.

A recent Canadian Press headline proclaimed, “Manitoba Hydro unable to estimate how long some customers will be without power.”

A few years hence, there will be a similar headline: “Nalcor Energy can’t estimate how long its customers will be without power.”

Premier Dwight Ball and his Liberals continue to cling to the fantasy that $178 million can be saved annually by closing the Holyrood Thermal Generating Station, and the funds put toward “rate mitigation.”

Don’t believe the foolish fiction that a backup power supply won’t be needed when Muskrat Falls power is turned on. The 1,100 kilometres of transmission lines from Muskrat Falls to St. John’s are guaranteed to create headlines and cold houses.

But back to stormy Manitoba … “the amount of snow has meant crews are having trouble assessing how much damage has been done, let alone beginning to fix it,” the Canadian Press reported.

A Manitoba Hydro spokesman “said in some cases they’re dealing with broken transmission towers which he stresses are not quick fixes.”

Broken transmission towers.

The phrase must prompt everyone except Dwight Ball to wonder........

© The Journal Pioneer