When You’re in a Hole, Stop Digging

One of the best pieces of advice I have ever received was this – ‘when you’re in a hole, stop digging’. Many people, when they get caught in a mistake, try to avoid admitting their error by wildly changing and justifying their original position. In the process, they bring more attention to their mistake and they augment its impact. The smarter thing to do is to admit your mistake and apologize. A mistake will still have been made, but people will respect you for having stopped the mistake.

When it comes to the big mistake the PC government made when they passed Bill 50, they are completely unwilling to ‘stop digging’. In review, Bill 50 cancelled the independent needs assessment process for certain transmission infrastructure. This bill made it possible for the government to build power lines without studying whether or not they are needed. It is under this bill that the government has pushed through the Heartland Transmission Line, without any kind of independent needs assessment.

The government has now announced that they will change Bill 50 to restore an independent needs assessment process (one of the things we have been suggesting for a long time). However, they have steadfastly refused to allow the Heartland Transmission Line or the new planned North-South lines to go through an independent needs assessment. This obviously doesn’t make any sense – they are repealing the legislation that allowed the mistake without actually fixing the mistake that is already underway.

The government’s decision to amend Bill 50 makes clear that there are significant problems with it. However, the government is still digging a deeper hole by pushing ahead transmission lines that went through under the Bill 50 framework. Even while admitting that mistakes were made, the government insists on perpetuating those mistakes.

We will continue to call on the government to both repeal Bill 50 and to cancel all planned transmission lines which haven’t received an independent needs assessment.

~ by RETA on February 27, 2012.

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