Recently, Lyn St-Laurent, the spokesperson for Hydro-Quebec, was interviewed on a Maine radio station to promote the CMP Corridor and cast doubt on Question 1, a referendum initiated by more than 80,000 Maine voters. As a representative of a foreign government-owned company, her comments were filled with half-truths and highly misleading.
Not once did she mention that Hydro-Quebec (HQ) stands to make $12.5 billion from this contract with Massachusetts, or that, because it is a Crown Corporation, a handsome portion of these profits would go directly to the taxpayers in another country, as opposed to Mainers, who will sacrifice a whole lot and get next to nothing in return.
During the interview, Ms. St-Laurent spoke extensively about the cost savings that Mainers could see from a deal HQ struck with Governor Mills behind closed doors, but she didn’t break it down to just how much this deal is worth for you. There’s a very good reason for this approach, since it’s worth a maximum of just 12 cents per Mainer per month, a savings that won’t even begin to make a dent in the $9.90/month rate increase for CMP that came into effect this month.
She also spoke about how this project has met every milestone without mention of the fact that Justice Michaela Murphy recently vacated CMP’s illegal lease to bisect our public lands with this destructive corridor, or that the DEP is in the process of potentially suspending the entire permit since the corridor route doesn’t…