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July 29, 2020
Today, the Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Honourable Siobhan Coady, Minister of Natural Resources, provided an update on the progress of recommendations from the Commission of Inquiry into the Muskrat Falls Project. The final report was released to the public on March 10, 2020.
Government thanks Justice LeBlanc and everyone who participated in the inquiry. Government has accepted the goals and objectives of all the recommendations in the commission’s report which are broadly categorized as follows:
Immediately following the release of the report to the public, government referred the matter to the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary for review. Additionally, the Department of Justice and Public Safety is reviewing the report and its findings to determine whether there are grounds for civil claims.
Government established a deputy ministers’ steering committee to oversee the implementation of all the recommendations including the 17 key and ancillary recommendations outlined in Volume 1. The committee consists of the Clerk of the Executive Council and officials from Natural Resources, Finance, Justice and Public Safety, Municipal Affairs and Environment, and Intergovernmental and Indigenous Affairs. The committee has analyzed the work to be undertaken and assigned responsibilities and timelines for implementation of the 17 key and ancillary recommendations, as outlined online here. In addition to working on these 17 recommendations, government is advancing other recommendations noted throughout the various volumes of the final report. The report’s findings have been carefully reviewed and considered. The findings will be relied upon as recommendations are implemented.
“We are grateful for the exhaustive work of the inquiry which is demonstrated by the depth and breadth of recommendations contained in the final report. The recommendations outline steps that government can take to improve oversight of the Muskrat Falls Project and Nalcor as well as with respect to oversight of future capital projects to avoid similar debacles.”
Honourable Dwight Ball
Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador
“The progress update today addresses the recommendations contained in the final report of the Commission of Inquiry into the Muskrat Falls Project. Our government will continue to provide effective oversight, putting processes in place to prevent such a poorly conceived project from burdening the people of the province again. We will continue to do everything possible to get the Muskrat Falls Project to the finish line and to manage electricity rates once the project comes online.”
Honourable Siobhan Coady
Minister of Natural Resources
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