(Queen’s Park)—Lisa Thompson, MPP (Huron-Bruce) was disappointed that the Liberal government and the NDP teamed up to defeat her private members motion calling for a moratorium on further wind development until third party social, physical and economic health and environmental studies have been completed. Thompson tabled the motion in December and was pleased to use her one private members opportunity to support her constituents, and those across rural Ontario who are also calling for a moratorium.
Earlier in the day, Thompson hosted a press conference at Queen’s Park with Pat Jilesen a farmer from the Bruce County Federation of Agriculture, Bethenee Jensen a farmer from the Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario and MPP Lisa MacLeod (Nepean-Carleton).
“I am very disappointed that the Liberals and NDP voted against this motion,” said Thompson. “They are clearly not on the side of rural Ontario. Industrial wind farms were created by the McGuinty Liberals in haste, without proper planning and without proper science. Ontario right now has a surplus of power, and we are exporting excess power to other provinces and states for pennies on the kilowatt hour, while Ontario families are paying through the roof for Dalton McGuinty’s poorly planned out industrial wind energy projects. It’s simply not fair.”
The Liberal government has commissioned a $1.5 million taxpayer funded study into the health effects of wind turbines at the University of Waterloo. However, the McGuinty Liberals are still approving massive industrial wind projects without a completed study.
“We need to slow down, hit the pause button on these industrial wind projects until we know the true social, physical and economic health and environmental costs of wind turbines,” said Thompson. “If the McGuinty Liberals have commissioned their own study, I question why they are rushing through the approvals process. It makes me wonder if the Liberals are serious about finding out the health and environmental effects, or if this is simply a $1.5 million taxpayer funded public relations move.”
Thompson would like to thank everyone who signed petitions and came to Queen’s Park to support her first motion as MPP for Huron-Bruce. Thompson and all MPP’s across Ontario received 1,500 emails in support of the motion.