The Canadian Press
The governing Liberals’ green energy policies are in the opposition’s crosshairs today following a critical report from Ontario’s auditor general. Watchdog Jim McCarter found that the government fast-tracked billions of dollars of wind and solar energy projects with little oversight, which will drive up electricity bills. Opposition Leader Tim Hudak says the government has created a gold rush in the green energy sector that’s ripping off families. Continue reading
By Toby Barrett, Tillsonburg News
People from all corners of Ontario descended on Queens Park last week demanding local municipal decision-making power be reinstated with respect to industrial wind turbines. While municipalities and residents have their say on, for example, where a new Tim Hortons or Walmart is located, Mr. McGuinty continues to allow faceless unelected bureaucrats and the companies themselves decide on wind towers. Continue reading
by Siobhan Morris, 610 CKTB News
Wind development opponents are rallying at Queen’s Park this afternoon.The demonstration comes as Progressive Conservative MPP Todd Smith introduces a bill the party says would restore decision-making power to municipalities on wind farms. PC leader Tim Hudak tells 610 CKTB News, the Liberals’ Green Energy Act has robbed municipal councils of that power. Continue reading
Written by: Ontario PC Party
Tim Hudak and the Ontario PC Caucus took action this week to give planning authority back to local governments to give them and local residents a say in what happens in their own neighbourhoods. In 2009, Dalton McGuinty stripped those powers away, which cleared the way for the installation of massive industrial wind turbines like those planned for West Lincoln, Wainfleet and Haldimand County. Continue reading
By Paul Morden, The Sarnia Observer
Opponents of industrial wind turbine farms in rural Ontario believe they sent a message to Premier Dalton McGuinty on election day. Now, they’re waiting to see if he listened. The Liberal leader came within a hair of returning to Queen’s Park with a third straight majority, but fell short thanks to the loss of several rural ridings in which there was vocal opposition to the wind farms promoted by Ontario’s Green Energy Act. Continue reading
By Antonella Artuso, Queen’s Park Bureau Chief Toronto Sun
Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak said he won’t rip up signed energy contracts but the days of attracting solar and wind power to the province with pledges of highly lucrative rates would end under a PC government. Continue reading
“Energy policy is about economics,” he said. “Stop treating it like a social program.”
“We cannot continue to pursue green energy policies that unnecessarily drive up the costs for consumers and have punitive impacts on our broader economy.”
Hudak promised a Conservative government would move swiftly to renew Ontario’s nuclear generating capacity.
by John Spears, Toronto Star Download Transcription of Speech
A Conservative government in Ontario will let householders pay a flat rate for electricity instead of time of use rates, says party leader Tim Hudak. Continue reading
If the Progressive Conservatives are returned to power following next year’s provincial election, party leader Tim Hudak pledges to restore municipal planning powers for renewable energy projects.
“Any government I lead will empower local decision making,” he said at an Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) conference in Windsor on Tuesday (Aug. 17). “You voters put their faith in you to make the best decisions for your local communities.” Continue reading
In his 2010 Leader’s address to the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO), Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak committed that an Ontario PC Government will bring more transparency and consistency to the partnership between the province and municipalities. He also confirmed that he will and restore the local decision-making powers that were stripped away from Ontario municipalities through Dalton McGuinty’s so-called “Green Energy Act.”
Currently, the Green Energy Act allows unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats at the Ontario Power Authority to arbitrarily override democratically elected municipal governments and built massive energy projects without any local consultation or consent. This abuse of local democracy is most clearly seen through the proliferation of industrial wind farms throughout the province.
By John Miner and Randy Richmond, London Free Press
With soaring power prices sweeping the province, Ontario opposition leader Tim Hudak says a Tory government would pursue a dramatically different energy strategy.
“We would invest in nuclear power and hydro-electricity, clean and green fuels that aren’t going to chase seniors from their homes or turn the lights out on businesses across our province,” the Progressive Conservative leader said in London Wednesday. Continue reading
by James Murray newsnetledger.com
THUNDER BAY – As Thunder Bay Council continues to mull over what to do about the Horizon Wind Farm in the city, the Ontario Progressive Conservatives are placing the whole problem at the feet of Premier Dalton McGuinty.
Dalton McGuinty’s so-called ‘Green Energy’ scheme will force Ontario families to pay more for industrial wind farms over which they have no control. This has little to do with the environment and everything to do with rewarding Dalton McGuinty’s friends at Samsung,” states Tim Hudak, PC Party leader. Continue reading
I am a senior, residing in the rural area of Oak Ridges Moraine, which is where my wife and I built our home, and raised our two boys, after moving here from Oshawa more than 35 years ago.
As you might, or might not be aware, I have written you on a number of occasions with our deep concerns over the proposed placement of industrial wind turbines, in what was once considered a conservation area by the present Liberal government. Continue reading