Alderon transmission line big Lab West pre-budget concern
Municipal politicians from Wabush and Labrador City made a pre-budget consultation presentation on the need for a transmission line in the area, which would enable development of a proposed Alderon Kami iron ore mine.
Alderon has said it needs to secure access to power from Churchill Falls for the mine before it's forced to lay off workers and cancel contracts.
Junior Humphries, deputy mayor of Labrador City, emphasized during the meeting that the transmission line would pay for itself in a few years, once revenue started coming in.
Wabush Mayor Colin Vardy said he thinks government got an idea of how high of a priority it is.
"I'm confident that the provincial government got a clear message on how important that line is to our area," he said.
Labrador West MHA Nick McGrath said the province understands the area's concerns, and added that government has been considering the proposed plans for several weeks.
"Very soon, in the very, very near future, you'll certainly have the minister make an announcement on that," he said.
According to McGrath, other issues raised during the consultation weren't a surprise to him.
"The three [things] that I feel people wanted most is roads, the infrastructure and housing. And this is not new, this is stuff that — certainly since I've been in the provincial government — that I've been advocating for in my district here," McGrath said.