That suggestion from F. Pierre Gingras, a retired industrial engineer with Hydro-Québec in La Presse on Saturday should ignite nationalist sentiments in Labrador and in Newfoundland today.
Gingras speaks to the inexperience of Nalcor, cost overruns on the Muskrat Falls Project, poor project planning, the province's desperate financial state and a redress of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council Labrador Boundary Decision of 1927 which Quebec has never accepted.
"Once again, only the intervention of Quebec could resolve the complexity of the disastrous situation current at the greater benefit of all Canadians since such a new line of 1200 km (at a cost of 3 to 4 billion dollars including positions) would however be profitable if we realized at the same time the last project available in this region, the Gull Island, with a capacity of 1711 MW."
He suggests the logical proposal is:
"That Quebec makes a gift of a production of energy of 1000 MW in Newfoundland in exchange for Labrador.
It would correct to the advantage of all parties this catastrophic error of Her Majesty's Privy Council.
What we say at first, this proposal is yet perfectly fair. In addition, it would free the eventual achievement of a dozen of major projects and would provide First Nations with a future much more positive than that offered to them by the Government of Newfoundland."
It looks as if the Canadian Wolf smells opportunity.
Ironically, in 1925, the Newfoundland government had offered to sell Labrador to Quebec in order to pay down the public debt, but the Quebec premier turned the offer down.
It should be a mad scramble on the talk shows today!
Here is my response