NDP concerned with blocking future green energy development

Cindy Forster

Cindy Forster

By Carolyn Goard, Thorold Niagara News
Newly elected MPP for the Welland riding Cindy Forster stresses giving local communities a greater voice, but the New Democratic Party recently argued against a private member’s bill that would give municipalities a say in renewable energy projects. The Progressive Conservatives’ bill would have restored local decision making under the Green Energy Act, but it failed to pass thanks to the Liberals and NDP who said there were many reasons the amendment to the Act would have been problematic. Read article

9 thoughts on “NDP concerned with blocking future green energy development

  1. The NDP are actually more “tyrannical” than McGuinty! They are in “good company” with the Libs as part of the “Majority/Minority”. Horwath along with other anti-democratic MPP’s voted with “vigour” FOR the Green Energy Act. To have her or any of her fellow NDP’ers publicly state they “care” about the Public’s Right To Self Determination is absolute HYPOCRISY!
    To see the latest list of active MPP’s who voted for the GEA go here: http://thebiggreenlie.wordpress.com/2011/10/25/ontario-mpps-that-signed-bill-150-committed-political-suicide/

  2. Crazy on display!
    [excerpt] In a recent interview, Forster said a better approach would be to minimize the need for new energy supply by ramping up conservation and energy efficiency. “And where we do need some supply of energy, we should give priority to small community owners,” she added, “to benefit local communities and minimize social impact.”

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  3. Crazy on display!
    [excerpt] In a recent interview, Forster said a better approach would be to minimize the need for new energy supply by ramping up conservation and energy efficiency. “And where we do need some supply of energy, we should give priority to small community owners,” she added, “to benefit local communities and minimize social impact.”

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  4. The NDP are simply afraid of appearing “anti-green”. And…don’t forget the CAW are big NDP supporters.

  5. ” …reviewed it with the caucus, and carried out research during the election campaign. ”
    Their research found that there is little support for the NDP in rural Ontario. Their caucus found that they could afford to throw rural Ontarians under the bus. Is this the party that stood for
    principle over expediency, for minorities, for the little guy? Looks to me like Cindy Forster wants
    to have it both ways: vote with the party always but look principled to the constituency as well.

    • Who could stomach an NDP vote again? Tabuns laughed at us all at Queens Park a few years ago. Never again.

  6. Hello Cindy Forster, MPP, lets look at things a slightly different way. Over the next four years, there is a lot of learning that our friends in urban centres will experience. They’ll have a better awareness of what the rural population has been subjected to because of the Green Energy Act. It is projected that all our hydro rates will rise considerably. This doesn’t sit well with individuals, who will have a tougher time with hydro costs claiming more of their consumer dollars, or businesses and industries either, because of higher operating costs and lost revenue.

    Come election time, Mr. McGuinty is toast. He’s made his bed, and is riding out his provincial political career on it. There is no way the Liberals will repeat as Ontario’s governing party. So it will be either the NDP, or the Conservatives. I would bet Conservatives. Mr. McGuinty doesn’t have to worry about his pension. He’s got it. Do you? The populace may not look at an individual’s track record when it comes to the next election, but they’ll remember which parties took action against the GEA and high energy costs. Who’s buttering which side of your bread? By the way, do you remember the fate of Bob Rae……… and Mike Harris?

    If the NDP party butters one side of your bread with party line policy, will it be as thick as the side not buttered because of voter anger when they look at the NDP track record? In the next four years, I expect the big wind companies to mount a massive surge to get as many wind turbines erected and under contracts, to get the Ontario Liberal subsidy money as fast as they possibly can. In turn, there will be more voter anger generated–anger at the big wind companies and turbine farms, and anger at the Liberals for the GEA and hydro rates. The NDP may very well share some of the anger bestowed on the Liberals.

    For now, the NDP is on record as opposing the return of power to local governments under the GEA. You proved it with the defeat of the Conservative private member’s bill. You have estalished youself as siding with the Liberals and the vote results are recorded and available. I could suggest two possible solutions for positive outcomes for an NDP MPP. One would be to ecourage the party to rethink the party line and support of the will of the people. The other would be for conscientious NDP MPP’s to ask the Conservatives to accept them as members. It’s your political future. If wind turbines are a good thing, there would be no need for the GEA to strip municipal powers.

    And did you see the news story today? http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1106516–mcguinty-to-address-federal-liberals#article On his lips the no, no—-the yes, yes in is eyes?

  7. Mr. Hudak chose not to use the energy poverty issue and what will happen to what business is left in Ontario with the high energy costs among other issues. Did nothing with the health and safety issues of IWTs. He had the opportunity to make urban voters aware of renewable energy issues but did not do so.
    However he does have the opportunity to do so now.

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