Question on Improved Electrical Transmission between Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick

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Honourable senators, my question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. A third cable line between Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick has been on your government’s radar for years now, and we have not seen movement on the file to date.

Last week, Maritime Electric began an environmental process on the Northumberland Strait to explore routing options for a third electrical cable which would supply much-needed dependable power to Prince Edward Island. This situation is urgent.

We are experiencing more extreme weather conditions. The scenario of the island being electrically shut down with cable failures is not out of the question. The province needs this cable line now. The two current underlying cables were installed in 1977 and are nearing the end of their life.

Will your government support this essential project and put the necessary funding in place for this much-needed cable?

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