Nalcor CEO Ed Martin, last week, delivered an update on Muskrat Falls. It was a bit like listening to the corrupted Col. Jessop in the movie, starring Jack Nicholson, “A Few Good Men”. Questioned by Daniel Faffee, the Defense Attorney, who suspects him the real culprit, the Col. says: You want answers? To which Kaffee replies: I want the truth! Col. Jessep responds: You can’t handle the truth!
The public’s right to know is constantly filtered by both the Provincial Government and its energy Agency. The truth is what Nalcor defines. Ed Martin's justification for the new slate of cost overruns are those of one fearful the public might know too much, too soon.
Martin says he is “comfortable with the cost envelope”. He thinks we, too, should be happy with his accounting. He offers no documentation, no independent verification, and no evidence of the kind of contracts to which Nalcor is committed. We only have his word.
When did Ed Martin earn our trust?