By Antonella Artuso, Toronto Sun
TORONTO – Ontario’s Liberal leadership candidates have a lot of ground to make up with the province’s small town and rural communities if they ever hope to lead a majority government again. The list of complaints is long — Local Health Integration Networks that closed down emergency rooms, the end of slot-revenue sharing with the horse-racing industry, the derailing of the Ontario Northland Railway, the perceived lack of support for the forestry industry and just general top-down Toronto decision-making.
One piece of legislation, though, stands out as particularly contentious: The Green Energy Act. Designed to clear the way for the development of wind and solar power in Ontario — in place of coal-generated power — it has caused a lot of trouble. As fast as turbines went up with no local input, neighbours turned on each other and Ontario’s anti-wind movement was born. It spawned the Feed-In Tariff (FIT) program which originally offered such high rates of return at ratepayers’ expense that countries were fighting to get in the game.
QMI Agency asked Ontario’s Liberal leadership candidates for their views on the act and what, if anything, they would do differently. Not surprisingly, local input appears to be a common theme of any future green energy plan. Read article