Ms. Scott stated that with this Private Member’s Bill, not only will local municipalities benefit, but local citizens will as well, by having more decisions made at a local level. There are renewable energy projects planned for many ridings acrossOntario, including Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock, which have generated significant discussion and concern. If enacted, this bill would give local decision-makes much more control in how or whether these projects proceed.
In supporting Mr. Smith’s bill, Laurie Scott said “Since the introduction of the Green Energy Act, the McGuinty government has denied Municipalities the right to reflect the concerns and needs of their communities with regard to very significant projects”.
Ms. Scott went on to say, “Across the province, 79 municipalities have passed resolutions demanding that the McGuinty government restore local control. These include the City of Kawartha Lakes and the Township of Cavan-Monaghan. However the premier has once again ignored them. Provincial and municipal constituents and taxpayers are one and the same and we should treat them like a partner and not as an obstacle.”