“…if you are looking for some money, why don’t you delay the monies you are paying out to Muskrat Falls…a significant amount of money…”
These are words of Carol Furlong, Head of the Province’s largest public sector union, NAPE, giving advice to the Davis Government on NTV, Feb. 13th.
Furlong continued her expostulation: “We have a war chest now…combined assets… of more than $40 million…I can assure Government, if they believe they can just lay off workers …they will feel the brunt of NAPE to the full capacity of our finances.”
These are heavily laden statements. One would be foolish to think them merely drum beating in advance of a contested leadership.
Carol Furlong has done what the Head of no other Union, political party, or business organization has considered. To her membership and to NTV’s large listener audience, she has telegraphed a stark message, one slow in its evolution, perhaps, but powerful in its timing and implication: ‘I no longer have faith in the Muskrat Falls project’.