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Dear Canadians,

Churchill Falls power plant is the second largest hydroelectric plant in North America, with an installed capacity of 5,248 MW. The upper Churchill contract signed in 1969 and set to expire in 2041, awarded Hydro-Quebec power from Churchill Falls at a low, fixed rate, without the benefit of an escalator clause.

Two surveys commissioned by The Independent show over 50 \% of Ontarians and Quebecers surveyed believe the upper Churchill contract between Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador should be renegotiated. Quebec has received an estimated $23.8 billion in revenues, compared to Newfoundland and Labradors $680 million (The Independents figures as of November 2004).

The results showed that Ontarians and Quebecers are relatively uninformed when it comes to the issue of hydroelectric power generated from Churchill River.

The Churchill Falls hydroelectric development was undertaken in the absence of any agreement with the aboriginal Innu people of Labrador. Despite the flooding of over 5,000 km_ of traditional hunting and trapping lands, no compensation was ever offered. In 1974, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation labeled the Churchill Falls hydroelectric generating capability as The Biggest Giveaway in History.

Hydro-Quebec is buying Churchill Falls power at 1969 prices and re-selling it at 2006 prices. Under the agreement, this will go on for another 35 years. The windfall profits for Hydro-Quebec are immense and unconscionable.

The Churchill Falls agreement must be re-negotiated because it is simply not viable. Hydro-Quebec says "a contract is a contract" and that is that. Well, it isn't. Contracts are re-negotiated all the time when a fundamental change of circumstances calls for it. Ask the public sector unions in that province.

We are asking you to sign this petition to request a re-negotiated contract for upper Churchill Falls that benefits the supplier of the power - Newfoundland and Labrador.

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