Progressive Conservatives target Liberals’ Green Energy Act as a job killer

By: Keith Leslie  Winnipeg Free Press

TORONTO – The Liberal government’s green energy policies will be a focal point of Opposition attacks in the run-up to the Oct. 6 Ontario election, with the Progressive Conservatives warning voters can’t afford “Premier Dalton McGuinty’s expensive energy experiments.”

Every kid who runs a lemonade stand knows you can’t buy lemons for 80 cents and then sell lemonade for a nickel, and that’s what the Liberals are doing with heavily subsidized solar energy projects, Opposition Leader Tim Hudak said Wednesday.

“It’s not sustainable, but that’s exactly what Dalton McGuinty is doing with our hydro policy,” Hudak told reporters.

“Other jurisdictions are walking away from (subsidizing renewable energy projects) because it was driving up the cost of doing business and hurting consumers by taking more money out of pockets.”

Hudak cited a study showing Spain and Italy abandoned green energy subsidies because they killed jobs quicker than the subsidies were creating them by driving up electricity prices.

The study found Spain spent an average of one million Euros for every new green energy job but killed an estimated 2.2 jobs for every one created.

“Ontario could lose an additional 345,000 jobs just to meet Dalton McGuinty’s job creation promises associated with expensive energy experiments,” said Hudak.

The Liberals said the study Hudak quotes was widely discredited, and they believe the Green Energy Act will create 50,000 new jobs.

“Tim Hudak seems to make up numbers, and whenever we take a look at where he gets them from it’s usually not a credible source,” said Energy Minister Brad Duguid.

“He’s putting forward a pretty distorted view of what’s really happening out there.”

Energy should be treated as economic policy and not as a social program, which is what the Liberals are doing, said Hudak.

He again blasted the Liberal government for signing a $7-billion green energy deal with Korean giant Samsung.

Details have not been made public, but the government admitted Samsung would be paid an “economic development adder” on top of the feed-in tariff premium paid for green energy.

“We will not continue down Dalton McGuinty’s path of massive subsidies, far too often to well-connected businesses, insiders or foreign-based corporations like Samsung,” said Hudak.

“We are asking seniors and families to pay billions of dollars in subsidies to one of the biggest corporations in the world. It makes no sense whatsoever.”

While Samsung will get millions in dollars in subsidies over the course of the agreement, the company will invest heavily in Ontario to build new manufacturing plants to produce wind turbines and other components for renewable energy projects, said Duguid.

Samsung will become the “anchor tenant” to develop a new clean energy economy in Ontario, he added.

“This is about Samsung investing $7 billion in our economy and creating thousands of clean energy jobs in manufacturing and in the projects themselves,” said Duguid.

“The paranoia of the leader of the Opposition to attracting investment from offshore is ridiculous.”

Hudak said with electricity bills set to increase by 46 per cent over the next five years, Ontario needs an energy policy that puts the needs of consumers first.

“I’ve asked Dalton McGuinty to make that (Samsung) deal public or at the very least let the provincial auditor go through that deal and demonstrate the value for the families who have to pay the bills,” he said.

“The reason he hasn’t done that: I think he’s sold us down the river.”

11 thoughts on “Progressive Conservatives target Liberals’ Green Energy Act as a job killer

  1. I don’t remember Dalton McGuinty mentioning Samsung during the last election campaign. Perhaps he could have consulted with his employer(s) before committing our entire collective future to a dubious foreign corporation and trouble laden, unproven technologies.

    And now, facing defeat in the next election and certain humiliation, it will be interesting to see if he pursues a scorched earth policy – making it all but impossible for any successor to undo the damage he has done.

  2. Brad claims Hudak makes up numbers but that is only because the liberals can’t remember where they pulled them out of the air…550m
    The liberals have probably already secured jobs with the wind companies next year.

  3. If Duguid says the Spanish study (showing 2.2 real jobs lost for every “green” job created) has been discredited, Hudak should ask him for the proof.

    We can’t let these wind proponents get away with vague comments and platitudes.

  4. We’re watching you Mr. Hudak, and will support your efforts to fight for us. Better now than never. Make this Province the powerhouse it was before the recession, not made of citizens unrest and an unstable energy production for our future.

  5. “The Liberals said the study Hudak quotes was widely discredited, and they believe the Green Energy Act will create 50,000 new jobs.”

    The Spanish study was INITIALLY DISCREDITED by the Spanish government.
    Then reality set it and they now (quietly) endorse it while they have (and still are)
    repeatedly gutted their green energy subsidies in the face of imminent BANKRUPTCY!

    when regurgitating their green energy GARBAGE!


  6. Mr. Duguid says Mr. Hudak makes up numbers!-well Mr. Duguid you keep telling us green energy will create 50,000 jobs but when asked how you come up with that number there is dead silence. So Mr. Duguid tell us how you have come up with those numbers then you may have a right to criticize Mr. Hudak’s numbers

  7. Industrial wind turbines are expensive pieces of junk that further wastes our limited hard earned money. Driving up production costs for other industries and draining consumers of more money for nothing more than what we had before is insane. Industrial wind is an industry that is guaranteed to reduce our quality of life, cause homes to be abandoned and endanger our environment. Industrial wind turbines should be outlawed as being too destructive on our economy and environment as well as endangering people’s health. The only Government position worth voting for is one that will stop the wasteful and useless industrial wind developments and a government willing to say NO TO INDUSTRIAL WIND. Only then can a reasonable energy plan for Ontario, in the best interest of Ontario be developed.

  8. Duguid, like McGuinty, Slitherman and every other “flunky” uses the 50,000 jobs number as “issued” by CANWEA!

    They are following the “plan” as stated by CANWEA from their “Windvison 2025” pamphlet.

    Go here for a download and on page 12 of this document you will see the number of 55,000 jobs to be created with this “full of hot air” dream of theirs!

  9. Well Mr. Duguid figures don’t lie. Spain has the highest unemployment rate in the OECD at 20.6% for November. Youth unemployment is at 43.6%. The country is in dire financial shape, possibly needing a bailout. They have a lame electricity subsidy program that has piled up an 18 billion euro defecit. Spanish industrial power is 56% higher than in France where some Spanish industry has relocated. It’s like the Ontario Quebec situation.

    See this site for EU energy prices.

  10. The man has got to be insane. The rot really does run deep.

    Energy Minister Brad Duguid said, “Not only are you going to like the next round of hikes, you are even “willing to fight,” for the right to pay higher rates. (Power hikes will zap jobs, Windsor Star, November 25, 2010)

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