There is joy and euphoria in Oakville. The power plant has been cancelled. This is a great relief for the people who fought the monstrous 900-megawatt power plant and the government that was going to impose it. Many Thanksgiving celebrations will have included toasts of thanks to the efforts and determination of C4CA.
Once the elation abates, we will have time to look back as well as look to the future.
In retrospect, the root cause of the fight was the Liberal government’s ‘green’ energy act. Authority was stripped from municipalities so that the provincial government had complete control. The purpose of government is to serve the people not control them.
Oakville MPP Kevin Flynn was a significant contributor to the content of the Green Energy Act and must be held accountable for the subsequent events that occurred in Oakville. In the future, one has to ask, if the current MPP did not have the wisdom and foresight needed to see the ramifications of his own legislation, what future laws will be passed? If McGuinty is given another mandate, will the power plant come back? Simply put, can we trust this government again when they want so much control? Should we forgive and forget? Should we be grateful to an MPP who started the problem?
We must all ask ourselves these questions.
Dan McCash, Oakville