by Steve Bihari, Meaford Independent
There are many virtues to define one’s character, but when it comes to politicians perhaps integrity should carry the most weight. After all, is integrity not the foundation for trust? With that in mind, I would like to bring your attention to a headline in the Owen Sound paper titled, “Eccles refuses to support moratorium on wind projects”.
As a strong opponent of wind turbines I have been following the issue closely for some time. Closely enough to know that as Mayor of West Grey, Mr. Eccles and Council fully support a moratorium on future wind projects.
This stance is captured in a Jan. 13, 2010 letter, and Resolution, addressed to all provincial ministers, MPP’s, MP’s and local municipalities in Ontario. It states “As Mayor of the Municipality of West Grey, on behalf of the Council and citizens of West Grey, I am calling upon the Province of Ontario to place an indefinite moratorium on industrial wind turbines in the Municipality of West Grey and other Ontario municipalities.”
Mr. Eccles has held this position through to his re-election as Mayor by reiterating his stance in all three of the election candidates meetings.
However, his campaign for MPP has taken a much different turn, which is unabashed support for the Liberal party’s “green” energy plan, completely detracting from his prior position. Read the Jan. 13 letter and resolution, then the article referenced; along with a similar one in the Meaford paper. You’ll be perplexed.
In Meaford, during his campaign fund raiser, Eccles is quoted as saying “[that he] supports the democratic process, and the Green Energy Act itself.”
How can that be? The GEA flies smack in the face of democracy. Those following the wind issue know this. I will give him some credit though, for at least passively acknowledging that “it needs some adjustments”, as he would like to see more pre-consultation with the municipality.
Mr. Eccles goes on to state, “The wind issue is one issue, but the province of Ontario is made up of considerably more. There are a lot of education issues, there’s a lot of health issues, senior issues and all of that.”
That’s true of course. But, wouldn’t it make much more sense if the billions in taxpayer dollars, slated for wind and solar subsidies, would stay within the province to be spent on hospitals, schools or, let’s say, debt retirement? Unfortunately, the sad reality is that this money is instead conveniently finding its way to the bottom line of faceless multi-national “corporate welfare” recipients.
In closing, I recall a quote made by Mr. Eccles shortly after winning the Liberal nomination. Something to the effect of, “it’s the individual, not the party [people vote for]”.
If that’s indeed the case Kevin, maybe now’s a good time to clarify your true position on a wind turbine moratorium and the Green Energy Act.
Steve Bihari, Neustadt