There is an old political axiom, keep throwing crap, something is bound to stick.
Far be it from to defend the reputation of Premier Dunderdale, Nalcor, Jerome Kennedy or SNC Lavalin, but today's questions in the House of Assembly regarding the company chosen to oversee the engineering and construction of the first phase of the Lower Churchill hydro project were a pathetic partisan attempt to connect Nalcor/Premier with corruption corruption investigations in North Africa.
SNC Lavalin has done some great work in this province. The Montreal company has employed hundreds of people in this province. High paying, specialized employment. Newfoundland and Labrador is not some third world dictatorship like Libya. We have our challenges with democracy, but the level of official corruption that certain officials at SNC have been caught up in could never occur here.
Nalcor engaged in a competitive Expression of Interest and Request for
Proposal process before selecting SNC-Lavalin. It is not as the
conspiracy theorists would suggest.
Only a few companies in the Canada, let a lone the world, have the world-class engineering, procurement and
construction management experience required for a project of this magnitude. SNC-Lavalin is one of them.
SNC-Lavalin is certainly enduring a very difficult time with allegations of bribery, money laundering, fraud, and conspiring to smuggle Col Muammar Gaddafi's son out of Libya. The companies reputation has been sullied devaluing it's stock and making it a takeover target. Even if the company were to be taken over, the people overseeing the Lower Churchill would remain the same.
Those problems have nothing to do with the Lower Churchill project. To suggest otherwise is an insult to the reputation of the highly qualified and skilled Newfoundlanders and Labradorian's who work for the company.
It remains a strong, profitable company that is entrusted around the world because of its ability to complete large projects.
The connect the dots exercise is all for sport in the hope that at some point something will stick. One should be careful when throwing stones and living in a glass house.