WINNIPEG — Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister says the mass resignation of a Crown corporation board of directors stems from a planned $70-million payment to the Manitoba Metis Federation.
Nine of 10 board members at Manitoba Hydro resigned today, citing an inability to meet with the Progressive Conservative government to discuss important issues.
Pallister says the government recently found out the board wanted to pay the Manitoba Metis Federation money to not push for extended environmental hearings on a transmission line to the United States.
Pallister calls it “persuasion” money and says the government immediately objected.
Manitoba Hydro is racking up billions of dollars in debt to build new generating stations and transmission lines, and is asking regulators to raise customer rates by up to 7.9 per cent a year.
The Hydro board members who have resigned were appointed by the Tories less than two years ago, and Pallister says replacements will be named soon.
The Canadian Press