By Antonella Artuso , Toronto Sun
TORONTO – Ontario’s controversial wind and solar feed-in tariff program may be getting blown off by the World Trade Organization but Premier Dalton McGuinty’s still a fan. The FIT program has generated billions of dollars in investment and created thousands of jobs in Ontario, McGuinty said Tuesday. “So we will continue to do what it takes to stand up for economic growth and jobs here,” he said.
Ontario’s Tories, who are promising to end the FIT program, say there’s little to show for the unreliability, community discord and inflated prices that come with ramming renewable electricity projects into rural areas. “It’s been a disaster,” Tory MPP Steve Clark said.
The WTO is expected to rule shortly on a complaint by Japan that domestic content requirements in the FIT program run afoul of free trade rules, favouring Ontario-produced over imported goods. “That complaint has been made for a while and we hear that there’s a ruling that is imminent, and I’m not going to comment on a ruling that hasn’t been made,” McGuinty said.