Friday, 31 July 2015


PRESS RELEASE – July 31, 2015

2041 Group Commemorates Edward Hearn, Q.C. 1949-2015

The 2041 group has lost a co-founder and keen comrade – a young man at heart with years of clear thinking to come. We commemorate Ed’s passing. 

The 2041 Group, lawyers and non-lawyers alike, valued Ed’s steady advice as well as the legal insights he shared into the vast array of complex (and often confusing) agreements that underpinned the Muskrat Falls development. Ed Hearn truly loved this province and wanted only to see it prosper. We are poorer today because of his loss”.

                                                                                                            -  Des Sullivan

Ed was a thoughtful, resolute, decent person, an individual with a mind of his own. Fortunate are those who knew him.”
                                                                                                            - Bernard Coffey

“Have known and respected him since his membership and innovative ideas on the “Let’s Bust the Upper Churchill Contract” committee of lawyers back in Peckford’s days. He was a true Newfoundlander and a tireless defender of both the Provincial interest and those of Labrador in particular.”
                                                                                                            - Cabot Martin

Ed’s legal expertise in Hydro issues resulted from his work on our Province’s 1984 Supreme Court of Canada Reference case and his years as a Director of Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro. Ed advocated including in Quebec for our Province’s right to tax exported Churchill Falls energy under the Constitution - Section 92A. Ed analyzed the Muskrat Falls agreements and concluded that the Muskrat Falls Project was deeply flawed. Ed’s death is a great loss to his family and to the entire Province.”

                                                                                                            - Dennis Browne

"I have been privileged to know many fine, indeed exceptional, human beings but I have not known any who had the combination of an inquiring mind, high intelligence, and deep humanity with such a generosity of spirit like Ed. We have been privileged to know him; surely a rare and special human being. We are not likely to see his likes again."

                                                                                                            - Richard Cashin