The last straw for an angry public was former Premier Kathy Dunderdale’s boldfaced support for Nalcor following the January 2014 ‘black-outs’, an event now inscribed in history as Dark NL.
Dunderdale played defense for three years in an effort to bolster Muskrat Falls. She explained Nalcor’s secrecy as a triumph of transparency though it was anything but. Her abuse of the PUB process and fumbling of basic facts about the project constituted a gross subversion of the truth.
Her integrity in tatters, Premier Dunderdale was forced to resign.
Against this background Ken Marshall, the new Chairman of the Nalcor Board, still thought it a great idea to publish a piece in the Weekend Telegram entitled "Responsible development and oversight go hand in hand". In content and style it is reminiscent of Dunderdale.
His exhibition of uncommonly bad judgement could only have been exhibited because he is assured impunity by a timid and ineffective Premier Tom Marshall. But it speaks volumes of Ed Martin, too, without whose permission the item would not have been submitted for publication.
How far does Nalcor’s arrogance extend? How impervious to a soured public can they be? Is there no rehabilitation for Nalcor’s nattering Neanderthals? Perhaps they confuse morons and electrons.
If Ken Marshall were a thoughtful person his first steps, as Chairman, might have been to apologize for Nalcor’s insouciance, its distain for openness and transparency, its forgetfulness that the Agency is playing with money that is not its own.