In November 2009, the Liberal Government in New Brunswick made an announcement that changed a 127 year tradition in the Province. Proposing to sell the publicly owned crown corporation NB Power to Hydro Quebec served as a lightning rod to mobilize the citizens across the Province; North, South, East, West, First Nations, French, English, all political stripes, of all ages, in a way never witnessed before in the history of the Province. The public engagement and push back resulted in the defeat of the Shawn Graham led Liberal Government in the subsequent provincial election, making his Government the first one term Government since 1883.
Project Power depicts the unprecedented reaction of the citizens of New Brunswick to mobilize, lobby, protest, litigate and speak out against the decision of the Government to sell, without a political mandate or public consultation, the most lucrative crown corporation owned by the taxpayers of the Province. After four and a half months of unyielding and mounting public pressure the Graham Government pulled the plug on the deal; a deal that was professed to be “final” and “untouchable”.