Kelvin Parsons, Opposition Natural Resources Critic and MHA for the District
Burgeo-Lapoile, is calling on Premier Danny Williams to stop misleading the
people of the province on major resource files for his own political gain.
"I have listened to the comments of the premier with great interest over the
past few weeks," said Mr. Parsons. "The conclusion I have come to is that
the premier is using issues such as Voisey’s Bay, Hebron/Ben Nevis and the
Lower Churchill as political rhetoric in an attempt to gain votes by
misleading the people of the province.
"As it relates to Voisey’s Bay, the premier has stated that there are
loopholes throughout the agreement. I have yet to hear him give any section
of the agreement that constitutes a loophole, or where his Mac truck can be
driven. I firmly believe the premier believes this is a good agreement and
will eventually try to convince Newfoundlanders and Labradorians that he was
the person who negotiated such a wonderful deal. We have already heard his
rhetoric concerning Argentia and Long Harbour, and if people didn’t know any
better, the premier would try to convince them that he was the key
negotiator behind the recent sale of Inco to a Brazilian mining company.
"The Lower Churchill has also been a bit of a flip-flop for government
over the past couple of weeks. Last Spring, government announced a go it
alone project for this development. However, last week the premier made some
attempt at what appeared to be an apology to the Province of Quebec and
suggested we may do a deal with that province or Ontario. It was only six
months ago that a similar proposal was rejected by the premier who
emphatically stated that Newfoundland and Labrador would build and operate
this project solely on our own. What is the premier’s position today?
"The premier would also like to convince the people of this province that
negotiations on the Hebron/Ben Nevis project are continuing. However, most
people in the oil industry, including the companies he is supposed to be
negotiating with, are stating that nothing is happening and the project is
delayed indefinitely. Who is telling the truth?
"Premier Williams can continue to mislead the people of the province in
an attempt to garner political support, but the reality is that he has done
little to create new economic development since he took office. I encourage
him to return to the negotiating table and get good solid deals for the
people of Newfoundland and Labrador. Political rhetoric will only get you so
far, eventually people will demand results to improve their economic
well-being. To date, we have seen no results from the Williams Government."