Being a hard-core believer in Newfoundland and Labrador I was very much unimpressed with the article in the online version of the Financial Post entitled Northern Promise: Mining projects spark much-needed Sept-Îles port expansion where the author, Mr. Nicolas Van Praet states that “North America’s biggest primary aluminum smelter — Alouette, its hill-perched electrolytic pots powered by transmission wires stretching from Hydro Quebec’s massive Churchill Falls hydroelectric facility.” Where did he get the idea that Hydro Quebec owns Churchill Falls. Not being very impressed with this statement – which no one in the comments pickup up on – I sent the following email to Mr. Van Praet:
Mr. Van Praet:
In reference to your article Northern Promise: Mining projects spark much-needed Sept-Îles port expansion you state: “…powered by transmission wires stretching from Hydro Quebec’s massive Churchill Falls hydroelectric facility”.
This is factually incorrect. The Churchill Falls hydro facility is owned by the Churchill Falls (Labrador) Corporation (CF(L)Co) which is a subsidiary of Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro. While Hydro-Quebec has a 34.2% ownership in the Corporation it is not their facility. Although one may argue that they feel that they own it.
Maybe you should consider correcting your article.
I look forward to his response on the issue. Hopefully I will actually get a response.