by John Ivison, National Post
NEWMARKET, ONT. — Dalton McGuinty’s political antennae were up as he toured the new Flextronics solar panel plant, when he side-stepped an offer to wear a hairnet in front of the cameras, thus avoiding what is known in the business as the “Gilles Duceppe doofus shot.”
Strange then that his instincts deserted him when he agreed to highlight his green energy plan for the second day running. Liberal polling obviously shows that people like the idea of wind and solar power, particularly when wrapped in the rhetoric of Ontario becoming a market leader in green manufacturing. The visit also offered up the opportunity for the Premier to monger some fear in front of the Flextronics workforce. The opposition parties are “a real threat to this industry and, sorry to say, your jobs,” he said. Both the Progressive Conservatives and NDP say they will end the generous rates being offered to producers by the government under the feed-in-tariff (FIT).