Rob Ferguson, The Star
The $180 million decision by Premier Dalton McGuinty to scrap a power plant is a gift to Liberal rivals in the looming byelection in Kitchener—Waterloo, opposition MPPs say. “People have heard about this story, it makes them very angry,” New Democrat energy critic Peter Tabuns said Friday, three days after Energy Minister Chris Bentley revealed the hefty price tag for the cancellation that came 11 days before the Oct. 6 election.
“I think it has the potential to be significant across the province talking about the quality of this government, its ethics, its morals.” Facing stiff community opposition in a tight campaign and fearing the loss of four seats near the plant just northwest of Sherway Gardens mall — including Mississauga South MPP and cabinet minister Charles Sousa — the Liberals promised on Sept. 24 to end construction at the plant site.
“They’ve admitted it was a political move,” Progressive Conservative MPP Laurie Scott said of testimony from Bentley at a legislative committee, where he acknowledged the decision came from the Liberal campaign. Bentley said the $180 million to compensate a power company for the change in plans will come from taxpayers or electricity ratepayers, or both, as the plant moves to the Sarnia area. Read article