Liberal MPPs aim ‘slap at the premier’ by defying his edict on green energy

Dissent is roiling the Liberal government with MPPs ignoring Premier Dalton McGuinty’s edict that “NIMBYism” will not be tolerated to stop green energy projects.

In an unusually brazen protest, three Liberal MPPs tabled petitions in the House this week with thousands of signatures opposing wind turbines and gas-fired power plants in their ridings.

“It’s a real slap at the premier and I’ve never seen anything like it,” said one government MPP who was not involved in the demonstration.

In his push for cleaner power, McGuinty, who wants to create 50,000 green energy jobs in the next three years, has been crusading against parochial concerns trumping the greater provincial good.

“Don’t say, `I don’t want it around here,’” he said Feb. 10 in London.

“NIMBYism will no longer prevail,” the premier said, using the acronym for “not in my back yard.”

But in the space of a few minutes on Tuesday, three Liberal MPPs signalled that keeping constituents happy is more important than appeasing the boss.

MPP Bruce Crozier (Essex) said the proposed wind farms in Lake Erie’s Pigeon Bay, off Leamington, Kingsville and Union, will affect migrating wildlife as well as residents because of the noise.

“This will have a significant negative impact on property values within this very heavily populated area given the impact on health, tourism and jobs in the community,” MPP Pat Hoy (Chatham-Kent-Essex) said in his opposition to the Pigeon Bay proposal.

Compounding McGuinty’s headache, MPP Charles Sousa (Mississauga South) tabled a petition against a gas-fired power plant in south Mississauga.

Energy Minister George Smitherman yesterday defended the recently passed Green Energy Act, noting it was amended to make it “clearer” that proponents of such projects must do a more thorough job of consulting with residents.

Robert Benzie
Queen’s Park Bureau Chief

Toronto Star

3 thoughts on “Liberal MPPs aim ‘slap at the premier’ by defying his edict on green energy

  1. Are the people in this government so arrogant that they believe communities will just lay down and accept their rights being trampled?

  2. Mr. Crozier, Mr. Sousa and Mr. Hoy should all be commended for having the decency to defend their constituents. Bravo! I hope people will take the time to let them know how much their gesture is appreciated, and if your MPP was not one of these three, ask them why.

  3. I see some comments congratulating Bruce Crozier and Pat Hoy for standing up and representing their constituents. In Mr. Crozier’s presentation of the petition, it clearly states one of the reasons for not placing turbines out in Lake Erie, is due to the “possible adverse health effects these could impose on thousands of families and seniors in these highly populated communities (noise, sleep disorders, depression, headaches etc) due to the proximity of these wind turbines”. (estimated at 2 km out in Lake Erie)
    As a constituent in Mr. Crozier’s riding I have repeatedly asked him to explain the distinction he has between my request to endorse an investigation for those who are presently suffering due to the proximity of land base Industrial Wind Complexes and that of the Citizens Against Lake Erie Turbines. He tersely responded to my request for endorsement with a simple NO. This line of conduct on this issue clearly shows me that Mr. Crozier and his Liberal party can no longer be trusted nor expect my support and that of hundreds who will be negatively affected by wind turbines in the next election. By the way someone should ask where Mr. Crozier lives.

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