Guest Post by David Vardy
THE DECALOGUE: THE TEN COMMANDMENTS FOR
The silence on rate mitigation is too deafening. The public needs to know what is happening and what objectives are front and center in the negotiations, now led by former Nalcor Chair Brendan Paddick. We need to adopt a set of principles or criteria, which can both guide the negotiations and measure their success. This post is an attempt to propose ten “commandments” for successful rate mitigation. Because the “misguided” Muskrat Falls project and its impacts on the province are of such “Biblical” proportions it is appropriate to invoke the Mosaic law of the Decalogue, The Ten Commandments.
Premier Andrew Furey was first sworn in as Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador on August 19, 2020. He appointed Brendan Paddick as chair of the Rate Mitigation Team on September 25, 2020. This signalled that the rate mitigation plan announced on April 15, 2019 by Premier Dwight Ball remained unfinished. It also signalled that the progress reported by Premier Ball and regional Minister Seamus O’Regan at a press conference on February 10, 2020 had not advanced as planned and needed a “reset” and a new Team.