By Peter Hendra, Kingston Whig-Standard
KINGSTON - If Amherst Island residents opposed to a planned wind project resort to trying to slow down construction by obstruction, their provincial representative says he will be there to support them. “(Non-violent) civil disobedience is an acceptable means in the right situations,” said Randy Hillier, MPP for Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox and Addington. “Should those situations arise, absolutely I’ll be there.”
Hillier was among those who attended a public meeting held Wednesday evening in Bath that was hosted by representatives of Windlectric Inc., a company formed by Algonquin Power Co. of Oakville and Gaia Power of Kingston. The developer has been granted a contract by the government, but the project — which would see 36 wind turbines erected on the island just west of Kingston — has yet to be approved.
“I had a number of discussions with the project team at the meeting (Wednesday),” Hillier said over the telephone from his constituency office. “I told them of my opposition to it, so that they’re clear that I stand with the community on this.” Hillier said he didn’t mince words with company representatives, and he believes they were surprised about how adamantly he opposed the project. “I think the phrase that I used was that the Liberal government and themselves should take their wind turbines and put them where the sun doesn’t shine and the wind always blows,” he recalled. Read article