Written by: Ontario PC Party
Tim Hudak and the Ontario PC Caucus took action this week to give planning authority back to local governments to give them and local residents a say in what happens in their own neighbourhoods. In 2009, Dalton McGuinty stripped those powers away, which cleared the way for the installation of massive industrial wind turbines like those planned for West Lincoln, Wainfleet and Haldimand County.
Todd Smith, Ontario PC MPP for Prince Edward-Hastings, introduced a private member’s bill – The Local Municipality Democracy Act – that, if passed, would restore municipal planning authority taken away by Dalton McGuinty’s Green Energy Act. Despite strenuous objections from families and municipal councils, Dalton McGuinty continues to plough ahead with sprawling industrial wind farms without their approval. This Bill would ensure local families’ concerns are no longer ignored.
Tim Hudak and the Ontario PC Caucus have long advocated that local governments, businesses and families know what’s best for their community. Hudak will vote for The Local Municipality Democracy Act when it comes up for debate on Thursday, December 1.
“To me, it makes no sense that local governments and families have the power to say where a hot dog stand or Walmart goes in their neighbourhood but not industrial wind turbines that are built over hundreds of acres. We want to restore the local decision making powers that were stripped away by Dalton McGuinty. This Bill will do it.”
–Tim Hudak, Ontario PC Leader
“No piece of legislation in Dalton McGuinty’s tenure has done more to divide Ontarians than the Green Energy Act. In the two years the Act has been law, it has pitted neighbour against neighbour, urban against rural, and municipal governments against their provincial counterpart.”
–Todd Smith, MPP Prince Edward-Hastings
“We applaud and support the actions of Todd Smith, MPP for Prince Edward-Hastings, and his Private Members Bill to restore local democratic rights to municipal governments to regulate renewable energy projects as previously stripped under the Green Energy Act. We believe that any person or party who fails to support this action fails also to honour and support the true Canadian democratic tradition of local governance.”
–Neil Switzer, Chairman, West Lincoln Glanbrook Wind Action Group
- There are currently two wind turbine projects planned for West Lincoln and Wainfleet, including the Niagara Region Wind Corporation plan to install 77 turbines between the two municipalities. It is being referred to as the largest wind farm in all of Canada.
- The Green Energy Act, 2009 removed all local control over renewable energy projects. This has allowed industrial wind farms – the height of 40-storey buildings – to be placed in communities across the province without the approval of local councils or residents.
- To date, 79 municipalities across Ontario – including West Lincoln, Wainfleet and Hamilton – have passed resolutions calling for the restoration of local municipal powers, or passed moratoriums on wind farm projects in their communities.