On Tuesday, Energy Minister Jack Keir, once the megaproject's most enthusiastic booster, gave a less-than-optimistic update on its status.
"It's on the back burner. I wouldn't say it's off the stove, but it's simmering on the back burner," he said in an interview. "There are so many other issues facing NB Power right now.
Ah, all those things on the back burner, you'd think it would just collapse from the weight!