"I take no pleasure in saying 'I told you so' today. I feel vindicated as I am now in good company."
"(Now former) Hydro Board Chair Sandy Riley is an experienced business person and principled Manitoban, as were all members of the Board.
Mr. Riley saw that Hydro was in crisis and urged action. The premier did not like that advice and reportedly tried to bully him and fire him from the Board. This is unacceptable. This premier and his government were elected to make decisions to protect services, protect the Manitoba economy, and protect taxpayers."
"This is why I called my own Citizens' Inquiry into MB Hydro, because the utility is in crisis, and the government failed to hold its own inquiry and take actions to fix the situation, as it promised to do."
The next hearing of the Citizens' Inquiry into MB Hydro is March 28 from 10am-2pm at the Manitoba Legislature and will be broadcast live on facebook.
Steven is at the Legislature from 1230pm on today and is available for all media inquiries.
In a statement it says they have attempted to meet with the premier to resolve issues related to finance, governance and Manitoba Hydro’s efforts to develop its relations with Indigenous people. (File)
Published Wednesday, March 21, 2018 10:02AM CST
Last Updated Wednesday, March 21, 2018 10:21AM CST
Nine members of the Manitoba Hydro-Electric board have resigned over what they describe as a lack of meaningful communication with the government.
Dave Brown, Earl Edmondson, Steve Kroft, Jennifer Nepinak, Michael Pyle, Allen Snyder, Dayna Spiring, H. Sanford Riley and Dr. Annette Trimbee are the members who have stepped down. The only member to not resign is Cliff Graydon.
In a statement it says they have attempted to meet with the premier to resolve issues related to finance, governance and Manitoba Hydro’s efforts to develop its relations with Indigenous people.
“Despite repeated attempts we have not been able to have a meaningful dialogue with the government and we have reached an impasse,” it says.
The statement adds that the board members were informed that the government plans to remove the chair and “has therefore lost confidence in the Board.” The members then deemed it was necessary for them to resign.
The members say they remain committed to the long-term success and financial health of Manitoba Hydro.