The public gallery was filled to capacity on March 8 2012 in Queens Park with residents from all across rural Ontario. They came from Amherst Island, Stayner, Ripley, Haldimand, Norfolk, to name just a few of the communities who have become the unwilling hosts of industrial turbines. They came to witness the vote to pass a private member’s bill to evoke a moratorium against the development of wind turbines projects until third party health and environmental studies are done.
The vote was well supported by all the Conservatives present. Only 12 MPPs from the Liberals were present for parts of the afternoon, but as the bells of parliament rang- and it came time to vote in filed Liberal and NDP taking their seats. The late comers added to the voting block against the bill brought forth by MPP Huron- Bruce, Lisa Thompson.
The vote was recorded and the people sitting in the public gallery in unison stood and silently but publically shunned these dissenting politicians by turning their backs on the Lords of the House… paused and filed out. Their voices have been once again rebuffed but the people have sent a strong message. The people will be heard and the fight will continue until all those who are suffering without respite and relief are removed from harm.