You may well ask, why?
How might they have been prepared?
By now, the MHA’s of the three political parties should have spent considerable time reading all the available material presented by Nalcor, the Joint Panel and the PUB and by other proponents and opponents, too.
Experts should have been made available to assist them. Complex issues, such as electrical demand, deficiencies in Nalcor’s models, the Water Management Agreement, Muskrat’s winter handicap, the financing structure, PPA vs. COS pricing schemes, construction costs, the contract with SNC Lavalin, the implications of cost overruns to the rate payer and to the Treasury, myriad technical issues, the failure to plan for cheap Upper Churchill power in 2041 and other alternatives to Muskrat Falls, all would be part of the examination.
They ought to have huffed and puffed and filibustered, with even more gusto, on Muskrat Falls. Why didn’t they? You may ask and you should.
One final question is proposed: “The Special Committee” not having happened, can anything be salvaged now?
If the Government engages the Opposition and all three parties co-operate, something can be salvaged in an effort to have MHA’s better informed and, consequently, the Debate more useful.
Postscript: Because this Post was written prior to the Liberal's Opposition's policy statement on rules for the Muskrat Falls Debate, it does not contain any reference it. I will discuss that release, in the context, of a related issue, soon.