A MUN political science professor is calling out Premier Dwight Ball for focusing the Muskrat Falls Inquiry on politics and not policy.
The Premier announced Thursdfay night at a $500-a-plate Liberal dinner that government is launching a full-scale inquiry into Muskrat Falls.
Professor Stephen Tomblin says the issues with Muskrat Falls reveal a more systemic problem with politics in the province.
He says there are deliberate knowledge and information gaps around the Muskrat Falls project, which is evident given the problems with embedded contractors, Ball changing his mind on when an inquiry was possible, and the executive branch’s autonomy leading up to Danny Williams’ decision to launch the project in the first place.
Ball told a roomful of Liberal supporters that an inquiry was better than a forensic audit because an audit would not produce all the answers.
Tomblin says making the Muskrat Falls inquiry into a matter of party politics is a waste of time as the real focus should be on framing the inquiry the right way, learning where the power lies, how the executive branch operates, and how knowledge gaps were allowed to persist or be ignored.
He says the community needs to understand how and why we arrived at this juncture, and ensure that it never happens again.