October 23rd, 2016
This morning, the Mayors of Happy Valley-Goose Bay (Jamie Snook), North West River (Ernie McLean), Rigolet (Jack Shiwak), and Cartwright (Dwight Lethbridge) had an emergency meeting concerning the Muskrat Falls meetings with the Province.
All Mayors agree that a municipal representative should be included in the upcoming meeting with the Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador this coming Tuesday, October 25th, 2016. The issues stemming from Muskrat Falls have serious implications for the municipalities in the region, and the important voices from the municipal level of Government need to be represented at this meeting.
The roundtable agreed through a full consensus that Jamie Snook, the Mayor of Happy Valley-Goose Bay should represent the municipalities in question. Dwight Lethbridge and Jack Shiwak, said, “this consensus was reached easily as the Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay has had the most impact and Mayor Snook understands the issues in each of our communities very well and can represent our needs and priorities.”
The four Mayors present at this meeting also feel strongly the meeting should happen in central Labrador, rather than in St. John’s. They further support that the voices of the grassroots movement should be included in these discussions.
“Local people should never have been left out of the discussions,” stated Mayor Snook. “This process needs to be accountable to the people”, supported Mayor Lethbridge. The four Mayors have long been advocating for the inclusion of all stakeholders in these dialogues and debates, and continue to push for representation at this important meeting.
Statement from Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador