by Tim Hudak
QUEEN’S PARK – While rural and small communities gather in Toronto at the ROMA/OGRA conference, Dalton McGuinty should take the opportunity to call a moratorium on his industrial wind farms and return the local decision making powers to these communities. Seventy-five communities across Ontario have passed resolutions objecting to his industrial wind farms.
In communities that welcome a wind project like Kingston, Dalton McGuinty told them no. But in communities like West Lincoln that don’t want one, he has ploughed ahead with his energy experiments because he has to save seats in the legislature, including that of his own Energy Minister.
While at ROMA OGRA this morning, Dalton McGuinty should apologize to communities for using the electoral map to figure out where he will put his industrial wind farms and restore municipalities’’ ability to decide whether these projects are welcome and wanted.
“Seventy-five municipalities have passed resolutions objecting to Dalton McGuinty’s Green Energy Act and his industrial wind turbines that are being forced on them. Despite their objections, last week Premier McGuinty ploughed ahead with his industrial wind experiment in four ridings—none of which are Liberal-held.” – Tim Hudak, Ontario PC Leader
“Dalton McGuinty doesn’t want municipalities to have a say because he wants to dump his energy experiments in ridings he won’t win and keep them out of ones he’s desperately clinging to.” – Tim Hudak, Ontario PC Leader
- On October 4, 2010 West Lincoln Council passed a resolution stating that “the Premier of Ontario be requested to restore local planning approval authority, immediately, to local governments regarding decisions on Industrial Wind Turbines.”
- On Friday, February 11, 2011, Dalton McGuinty cancelled all off-shore wind turbine projects, including a proposed industrial wind farm of up to 150 turbines off the shores of Kingston.
- Municipalities and local families are allowed their say on where a new Tim Horton’s or Walmart is located but Dalton McGuinty has let Toronto bureaucrats decide where his industrial wind farms will be located.
- As Premier, Tim Hudak will restore the local decision making powers on industrial farms that Dalton McGuinty stripped away in his so-called Green Energy Act.
Hansard Transcript (Preliminary) – Febraury 24, 2011
Mr. Tim Hudak: Well, Minister this is what I say to the people of Ontario: The McGuinty government has made an expensive mess out of our hydro system, rates are going through the roof and it’s time for change in the province of Ontario. You know what, Minister? Your Premier and you had the gall to say to the people in Smithville, to say to the people in Elgin to say to the people in Middlesex, to say to the people in eastern Ontario that if they opposed the projects they were NIMBYs. You had the gall to say they couldn’t stand up for what they beleived in and that the Premier knew best. Well there’s a new phrase for you Minister, it’s called NIMSAR, not if my seat is at risk. That’s why you made your decision on offshore energy plans. Why don’t you have it the same throughout the province, get this program right, make sure rates are affordable and they’re in communities where they’re welcomed and wanted. Won’t you do the right thing?
Mr. Tim Hudak: Minister, if I’ve said it once, I’ve said it 100,000 times, this is how you should proceed: Make sure projects that you sign are affordable to the seniors, to the families, to the small businesses who have to pay the bills. And make sure they’re welcome, because your industrial wind farms you’re forcing on communities across the province are driving up rates and have overridden local municipal decision-making. We could restore the rights of local municipalities to have their say on these projects and we would make sure that projects signed are affordable to families; a competitive, transparent processso they get the best technology possible at the best price for the ratepayer. Minister instead of being an NIMSAR, instead of trying to save your own behind, will you do the right thing and put your moratorium province-wide for all citizens for the province of Ontario?