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Pallister blasts NDP over northern Hydro dams

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An "NDP-induced" ad campaign touting the need for the construction of new northern power dams and a major hydro transmission line is "Power Dumb," Manitoba’s opposition leader says.

Progressive Conservative Leader Brian Pallister calls Manitoba Hydro’s $20-billion construction plans — which he says are driven by NDP politics — "the biggest high-stakes poker game" in the history of the province.

"This is a $20-billion gamble and the government is saying we should go all-in," Pallister told a news conference at the Legislative Building this morning.

"This particular ad campaign is Power Dumb," he said, a play on the old Hydro advertisements promoting energy conservation.

The Conservatives want the Selinger government to put the brakes on plans to build its new Keeyask and Conawapa generating stations in the north as well as a major transmission line that would distribute power to southern Manitoba.

Pallister said with an explosion of alternate forms of energy emerging in U.S. markets, it’s too risky to rush into large expansionary projects predicated on questionable export sales and prices.

Hydro wants to raise rates three and a half per cent effective April 1 and anticipates hikes of about four per cent per year for the next decade.

 

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