Newsnetledger (Speech Excerpt)
For eight years, the McGuinty Liberals have chipped away at your authority to decide what’s best for your communities. From overriding your Official Plans – to freezing prime land because puddles sometimes form there when it rains – to forcing massive industrial wind farms where they’re not wanted – local councils have been robbed of a say over what happens in their communities.
Even in the face of strenuous local objections, and more than 70 municipalities passing resolutions, Dalton McGuinty continues to plough ahead with giant industrial wind farms without any consultation with local councils or residents.
I was pleased to stand with the mayors from two of those municipalities – Mayor Joyner of West Lincoln and Mayor Jeffs of Wainfleet – for an event last March in opposition of the wind farm being forced on families in Haldimand and Niagara.
To me, it makes no sense that you have the power to say where a local hot dog stand or 7-Eleven goes but not industrial wind turbines – the height of 40-storey buildings – that are built over hundreds of acres of prime agricultural land.
It’s unfair. It’s undemocratic. And under a Tim Hudak government it will end. Read the entire speech