Member’s Statement – JD Irving Contract, May 27, 2015

Mr. Speaker, the revelation that NB Power has a contract with J.D. Irving to provide gypsum from the oil-burning Coleson Cove until 2026 for their wallboard plant, and pay J.D. Irving when they can’t deliver, stunned many New Brunswickers. It reminds me of the contract this government has with J.D. Irving to supply an unsustainable volume of softwood from the Crown lands for years into the future, or pay up if it can’t deliver. And then there’s the deal to pay J.D. Irving for the electricity that they generate themselves for use inside their own pulp mill. Mr. Speaker when will this end?