Williams says Labrador transmission line ‘a no-brainer’

James McLeod
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Former premier Danny Williams, who sits on the board of directors for Alderon Iron Ore, said he’s convinced that the provincial government will green-light a new power line from Churchill Falls to Labrador West.

The new transmission line is necessary for the Kami iron ore mine, and it’s essentially the only hurdle left for Alderon before it starts financing and building the project.

“From a business side, it’s a no-brainer. I mean it has to happen otherwise there’s no project, and it’s a good project for western Labrador,” Williams said Monday.

More than two weeks ago, Natural Resources Minister Derrick Dalley said that a decision on the new transmission line would come within a week or so.

On Friday, Premier Tom Marshall said an announcement would be coming imminently, but still, the government hasn’t given any official indication of what it’s going to do.

Williams said he’s confident that the government will approve the line.

“It’ll employ hundreds and hundreds of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians,” he said.

 “No juice, no project. It’s as simple as that. But I think that government gets that. I mean, the company has been after government now for a couple years, and I think basically what government needed was assurance that this project was a go.”



Geographic location: Labrador

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  • Tony Rockel
    February 11, 2014 - 22:34

    To paraphrase Milo Minderbinder in Catch-22, "What's good for Danny is good for the province"--- that's what Danny would have us believe.

  • Carl
    February 11, 2014 - 16:56

    @ Corporate Psycho, Mr Ball and the zebra party is gone into hiding. If your looking for answer from that party, your not going to get them.

  • Dolf
    February 11, 2014 - 15:41

    Sure it's a no brainer for Danny. Why the hell do you think he signed that damned Letter of Understanding with Nova Scotia then scooted off the stage. Danny, do NL a favour, go live some place else.

  • joebennett
    February 11, 2014 - 12:12

    Line cost approx $300 million. Divide that by half million souls in NL. It comes out to be about $600 each. My family of 3 will be $1800. I'll send a cheque in the mail.

  • anna
    February 11, 2014 - 11:25

    Please stop quoting Mr. Williams everytime he has something to say. I gave up The Telegram when he was in power as I despised his bullying the whole time he was Premier. Now he wants the taxpayers to pay for this, haven't we done enough with Grand Falls, his ABC campaign where all the followers voted as he wanted, Muskrat Falls and now this? How much more do we owe him?

  • Corporate Psycho
    February 11, 2014 - 10:30

    Danny and co. will make hundreds of millions off of this line. Why are we paying for it? Whats Dwight Ball have to say about this? The maddness has to stop. I'm sick of supplementing incomes for the super rich!!!!

  • Julie
    February 11, 2014 - 08:10

    Mr Williams if your asking the people to pay for its, It a problem. your part of a company . you and friends should be paying. not us.

  • Barb
    February 11, 2014 - 07:41

    Mr Marshalls you haven't got the power to be pasting over taxpayers money for a third line to Mr Williams mine. Your not our premier.

    • Justin
      February 11, 2014 - 09:46

      Actually, for the time being, yes he is. And, let's face it--politician or not, he's had a fair bit of experience as Minister of Finance. Like it or not, that DOES give him a bit of insight of where money can go. Besides--once you hand over the money, you've got no say where it goes. Like paying rent or bills--you can't tell them how to use it. Stop complaining. If you want change, BE the change--stop expecting others to do it the way you want first.

  • Maurice E. Adams
    February 11, 2014 - 07:26

    So Alderon needs the go ahead on a taxpayer/ratepayer-paid-for line BEFORE it "starts financing"? Is government gullible enough to think then that this project is then a GO --- when Danny's Alderon still needs $1.5 BILLION in further investment? Government should be looking after taxpayers' money by saying to Alderon ---- "Show me the money".

    • Matt
      February 11, 2014 - 08:50

      You don't understand. No power-no financing-no job creation-no billions of dollars for the NL economy and treasury.

  • No bias here lol
    February 11, 2014 - 07:07

    Isn't Williams on Alderon's board of directors? Hardly one to be giving impartial advice on how our government spends OUR tax money!