NDP

NS Liberals want to partner with Hydro-Quebec but company had to turn off giant Q logo this winter due to record energy demands and power outages

February 22, 2013


NS Liberals want to partner with Hydro-Quebec but company had to turn off giant Q logo this winter due to record energy demands and power outages

(Halifax, N.S) NDP MLA Mat Whynott said many Nova Scotians could have been left in the cold this winter if Liberal leader Stephen McNeil had his way and Nova Scotia was dependent on Hydro-Quebec for its energy.

“McNeil and the Liberals want the province to rely on Hydro-Quebec power instead of the made in Atlantic Canada energy solution offered by the Maritime Link,” said Whynott. “But this winter, Hydro-Quebec has had to ask Quebecers to reduce their consumption during peak electricity hours because of energy demands and power outages. In fact, the power utility’s supply was under such stress the company turned off its giant Q logo at its headquarters earlier this month.” 1

Stephen McNeil and the Liberals have opposed the Maritime Link agreement that would bring a stable, long-term supply of clean energy to Nova Scotia. Instead they have now urged the province on dozens of occasions to import power from Hydro-Quebec.

“Hydro-Quebec turned its own lights off this winter. The Liberals shouldn’t be counting on them to power Nova Scotia. Some trains stopped running in Quebec and heating and lighting was reduced in all Quebec administrative buildings,” said Whynott.

“Churchill Falls power generation far exceeds Newfoundland and Labrador’s energy needs ensuring a cheap, stable and clean supply to Nova Scotians for generations to come. Only the Liberals could oppose that.”