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This article was published 16/7/2013 (1437 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Re: Brandon Sun editorial “We’ll All Pay For Bipole III” (July 13). Agreed that proceeding ASAP to build Bipole III and building it on the western route is one of the worst political decisions in Manitoba’s history.
It is unlikely that any provincial government has ever decided to go ahead with something so large in the face of such a mountain of expert opinion that it is all wrong. Then there are all those former NDP cabinet ministers, three at least, who have come out in public with their surely-there-is-a-better-way arguments.
As of today, there is no longer any doubt that if you are the government, there is no price too high to pay to get that big area in northeast Manitoba comprised of forest and scrub and mosquitoes converted to a big area of forest and scrub and mosquitoes, with a UNESCO designation.
If you are the premier of Manitoba, for reasons which most of us don’t quite understand, you can assume the role of commander-in-chief of Manitoba Hydro and control all the major development plans. Alternatively you can butt out and leave that to someone who knows what they are doing. Clearly that was never going to happen in the Selinger administration or in the previous Doer administration.
Whether you have a PhD in social work or something a bit more relevant to economic development, the Premier’s office is no place to be making decisions about Hydro with huge financial implications for future generations. Certainly not unless due diligence has been observed. And as noted by the Brandon Sun and many others, the government made sure that due diligence didn’t happen.