I see Hugo Chavez passed away. Someone, somewhere is concocting a conspiracy theory. The Americans must have done it.
Anyway, I suspect most New Brunswickers have forgot about Hugo’s gift to New Brunswick back early in his reign. He cancelled NB Power’s orimulsion contract – I think he preferred to sell the stuff to the Chinese – costing New Brunswickers ultimately hundreds of millions of dollars. NB Power had to convert Colson Cove back to running on oil and the price spread between what we were going to pay for orimulsion versus regular oil was substantial. Not sure if anyone ever really did an audit on this. We ended up not needing Colson Cove very much and I seem to recall there was some kind of cash settlement with Venezuela.
In a bit of irony, a number of very talented Venezualan musicians have ended up in New Brunswick – many because of their dislike of Chavez.
I didn’t really know much about Hugo. When I heard his family is supposedly worth $2 billion – at least they say old Castro didn’t stash the cash. Of course, its those dastardly Americans telling us about the $2 billion so back to the conspiracy theories.