For Immediate Release
14 September, 2023
NDP MHA Jordan Brown (Labrador West) is demanding government be transparent with the people of the province about the future of Newfoundland and Labrador’s energy industry. After The Independent’s Analysis of the Wood MacKenzie report commissioned by government, Brown is renewing the NDP’s call for an energy transition plan that respects workers in this province, the communities who rely on the industries, the environment, and Indigenous groups throughout decision-making.
“People in this province shouldn’t have to rely on tweets from the Quebec’s Premier to get the latest news about the development of our resources. Newfoundlanders and Labradorians deserve a transparent energy transition plan.
“This government is more interested in rubbing elbows with elite investors in Europe and having closed-door meetings with other provinces instead of doing the work to make sure people in this province are properly informed. Our province has a history of past governments making backroom deals and grabbing a headline promising to be the answer to our prayers – only for the people of the province to realize years later they got a bad deal and are being exploited.”
“It is very concerning to hear that, again, Indigenous groups were not informed or consulted about projects this government is promoting at global energy conferences. This government owes it to the people of this province to be forthcoming and produce an energy transition plan that looks at the province’s current energy industries, what new options are available for the future, and take appropriate steps to consult with stakeholders across the province.
“The potential that the hydrogen industry could offer in our province is interesting, and should be explored and considered. However, it cannot be rushed, it has to be properly reviewed before we go too far. We appreciate the industry’s call saying first to market is an important goal for them, but the development of this industry has to be thoroughly evaluated and make sure that the future of the province, its people, and its environment receive the maximum benefit and not just risks in exchange for jobs.”
Media Contact: Eddy St. Coeur, Director of Communications, 709.729.2137