Hudak’s promise could be costly

by Christina Blizzard, Toronto Sun

TORONTO – That steady beat of helicopter blades you’re hearing isn’t the chopper scene from Apocalypse Now.

No, PC Leader Tim Hudak released part of his election platform Tuesday — and the choppers you can hear in the background are the ghosts of the ones former prime minister Jean Chretien cancelled as part of his 1993 election platform that swept him to power.

His foolish promise cost hundreds of millions of dollars and endangered search and rescue personnel by not replacing the aging Sea King helicopters.

This week, Hudak promised to cancel the controversial $7-billion Samsung deal, calling it “odious” and “shady,” and pledging to scrap it and the costly “feed-in-tariff” program that pays green energy producers huge amounts of money for electricity that can be produced elsewhere at a fraction of their costs.

Naturally, comparisons between the helicopter deal and Hudak’s plan to dump the Samsung “memorandum of understanding” are flying.

I’m not sure you can compare the two.

After all, we really needed the helicopters. The benefits of the Samsung deal are murky at best. We have the cleanest, greenest energy in the world at Niagara. On windy days, Ontario Power Generation has been spilling water there because the province is obliged to take much more costly wind energy onto the grid first.

More disturbing, Energy Minister Brad Duguid couldn’t tell reporters how much it would cost to can the deal.

“We have no intention of walking away from that agreement,” he told reporters.

I’m sure the government doesn’t. I’m equally sure that, as with most deals, there’s a penalty clause if one side reneges. So what is it?

Samsung released a statement saying it had entered into the deal in good faith.

“That agreement was a signal to the world that Ontario was open for business and was serious about creating a long-term climate for investment and job-creation,” the statement said.

It added Samsung expects “any potential future Government of Ontario to honour the commercial agreement signed in January, 2010.”

That’s code for “It will cost you megabucks to get out of this deal.”

Hudak said a PC government would honour the FIT contracts.

“Those are signed with farmers and Ontario companies, but I am putting a big red circle around this Samsung deal.

“These are the two biggest drivers of hydro bills,” he said.

Much as Duguid was a disappointment in not telling us the cost of breaking the deal, Hudak also failed to shine.

He walked away from reporters as they pressed him about the message this would send to international investors.

Would other off-shore companies want to invest?

Hudak had better get his answers down pat when he releases his platform.

It’s not just soaring hydro bills that’s making the deal unpopular.

Small rural communities across the province have had wind turbines foisted on them against their will like some high-tech invasive species.

They’re ugly and many rural residents believe they’re destroying their communities and deterring tourism.

Was it a bad deal? We’ll likely never know. If the government can’t even tell us what it will cost to scrap it, how can we tell?

The government may not be able to tell us the details of the Samsung deal, but you’ll see the real cost every time you choke over your massive hydro bill.

Forget the choppers. Electricity is our apocalypse — right now.

9 thoughts on “Hudak’s promise could be costly

  1. i would rather choke on my hydro bill than have to live with the consequences of the Turbines.We enjoy quiet and comfort in our country lifestyles .It is not bad enough we have to smell STELCO in Nanticoke .It is so bad sometimes the sulfur burns your throat .

    HOWEVER THEY CAN BE STOPPED PLEASE LETS DO IT

    — SO YOU( YES IT IS YOUR MONEY) HAVE A PENALTY TO PAY WHAT ABOUT THE PENALTY THE RESIDENCES PAY FOR THE DEVALUATION OF THEIR PROPERTY

  2. Pay the penalty now rather than for the next 20 years. I like the approach where the truth comes out and IWT owners are open to law suits from the lies they spread. Soon the proof will be out of the devastation these thing offer. Maybe we the people will have a chance to sue IWT owners for compensation. That is a cheaper way to break a contract. Should they chose to keep operating then they pay penalties or just shut down.

  3. I doubt that any penalty for cancelling a wind or solar contract could be more onerous than:
    – paying five to twenty times the market rate for power generated by these projects FOR 20 YEARS, plus
    – the SIGNIFICANT costs associated with hooking them up to, developing and stabilizing the grid, plus
    – the SIGNIFICANT costs of paying other jurisdictions to take the resulting surplus power off our hands because we didn’t need it in the first place.

    Not to mention health, environmental, and other concerns.

  4. What about the $3-4 million in hydro we are giving away most weekends so that other states and provinces can take the “extra” power Ontario is generating. Paying them to TAKE our power. Yessirree folks, that makes a lot of sense.

  5. After a brief interruption brought to you by federal politicians, we now resume regular programming. Energy, all the time. When the price of gasoline goes up, when folks open their monthly hydro bill, McGuinty loses a few more votes.

    I put a solar heater on my pool to save energy. But it only works if the pump is running. And the only time the sun shines, my TOU premiums are in effect. What a silly game!

    • Another “green” bill of goods sold to the public:

      When it came time to install a hot water heating system in our retirement home, our first inclination was to go with the new, green, responsible “on-demand” setup.

      That would have been a good thing before the advent of Smart Meters and Time of Use (TOU) pricing.

      However, during peak demand hours, we would have been paying the highest price every time somebody washed their hands after “shaking the dew off the lily”.

      The answer: we bought the good old-fashioned, run of the mill White Man’s 40 gallon hot water heater, turned the power on when we went to bed, flicked the switch off when we got up, and enjoyed enough “cheap” hot water to last the whole day (Note: no teenagers in the house).

      Yup, another “green” idea hastily conceived without looking at “the big picture”.

  6. “Samsung released a statement saying it had entered into the deal in good faith”

    Just search the words ” samsung corruption ” in google search . ask yourself if all
    9 million documents or so can be all wrong ?

  7. I follow the rule that McGuinty is always exactly 180 degrees wrong…because he is the Anti-Christ…Just do exactly the opposite of what McGuinty would do…Can’t go wrong…

    http://www.noliberals.ca

  8. I think the “megabucks to get out of this deal” should be paid by Mr. McGuinty & Mr. Brad Duguid when their no longer in come Oct.

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