MR. LANE: I am proud to support Muskrat Falls, Mr. Speaker.
There are so many reasons why Muskrat Falls is a great project for Newfoundland and Labrador. First of all, we need the power. We absolutely need the power, Mr. Speaker. We undertook an exhaustive exercise to determine what was the best way forward to get that power. This project went through more scrutiny than any project in the history of Newfoundland and Labrador. We used experts from all across the country. We used our own experts here locally. We used international experts, Mr. Speaker. They all came down to the same conclusion: Muskrat Falls is the best project for Newfoundland and Labrador.
This amendment, Mr. Speaker, that is being brought forward here, because again as you or the former Mr. Speaker just ruled, it was an amendment but if you want to call it an amendment, you can call it a referral, you can call it a deferral, you can call it a delay tactic, because that is really all this is.
We are here supposed to be talking about industrial rates for mining in Labrador. I think that what we have here is a good solution to that. It makes all the sense in the world. It also has been scrutinized by experts, lawyers and so on both from our end, Emera, the feds, everybody else. They all agree that this is the way forward, Mr. Speaker.
All we are seeing from the Third Party in what they are doing here now with this amendment, with this deferral, with this referral, with this delay tactic, that is all they are trying to do, Mr. Speaker, they are trying to grandstand once again. They are delaying things and they are doing so, possibly, as they continue this, they are doing this despite the fact that this is the best thing for Newfoundland and Labrador; despite the fact that this is the best thing for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians; despite the fact that we need power and this is the best way to get that power; despite the benefit to the people of Holyrood in terms of the environment; despite all of the jobs; despite all the spinoff; and despite all the royalties, Mr. Speaker, the NDP do not want that. They want to continue to delay, delay and try everything they possibly can to shut this down, Mr. Speaker.
Well, Mr. Speaker, I am here to say, as one member of this government, that I will do everything in my power to ensure that the NDP do not prevail in trying to shut this down to the detriment of the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.
SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!
MR. LANE: Mr. Speaker, it is always an honour to stand here and debate legislation. This is a very, very important piece of legislation, Mr. Speaker. I take this very seriously, as do my colleagues, as do the members of the Official Opposition, I think, on this particular piece. We all take it seriously. We are all interested in doing the right thing. That is why I support it.
Paul Lane, MHA Mt. Pearl Southlands, December 13, 2012