by ANTONELLA ARTUSO, Toronto Sun
The “pajama defence” won’t get Liberal cabinet ministers off the hook for using inaccurate numbers, Tory MPP Lisa MacLeod says.
After Infrastructure Minister Bob Chiarelli was questioned about assertions he made on green job creation and wage sector pay freezes to an Ottawa radio station, he explained away the errors by noting it was an early morning interview, she said.
“Bob Chiarelli said he misquoted his numbers because he was in his pajamas,” she said.
MacLeod said Chiarelli wasn’t the only Liberal struggling with his numbers — she questioned Finance Minister Dwight Duncan’s deficit statements and Energy Minister Brad Duguid’s commitment to ending coal-fired electricity.
“He continues to say that Ontario is moving past coal generation towards cleaner sources of energy — a line that doesn’t mesh with the facts because on Monday Ontario Clean Air Alliance revealed that in fact Ontario’s use of coal to generate electricity rose by 28% in the last year,” she said.
The Tories have yet to come up with any plan of their own so they just criticize others, Duguid said.
“It’s typical Tory shifty hypocrisy when it comes to her misleading suggestions about our efforts to move off coal,” he said.
“When her leader Tim Hudak was in (government) the use of coal went up 127%. That was making our air dirtier, it was impacting our health.”
The use of coal rose last year because a dry summer limited hydro-generated power and prompted consumers to use more air conditioning.
Duguid accused MacLeod of attempting to mislead the public about the Liberals’ record in reducing dependence on coal, while ignoring her own party’s lack of effort in that regard.
With all the accusations flying about Friday, NDP MPP Peter Kormos offered that he had read an essay by Princeton University prof Harry G. Frankfurt called “On Bulls …” that provided clarity about political spin.
“When you lie, you know the facts. When you bulls… you don’t know the facts,” Kormos said.