The Ontario PC Caucus today brought forward a motion that would protect families worried about Dalton McGuinty’s plan to build industrial wind farms in their community without any local input, consultation or control. Tim Hudak and the Ontario PC Caucus have also raised these concerns in Question Period this week.
Through his sweeping so-called ‘Green Energy Act,’ Dalton McGuinty is overriding local concerns by placing wind farms in communities without their consent. Families in communities across Ontario are concerned about the health and environmental impacts.
When the Ontario PC Caucus introduced a motion that would once again give local municipalities the final say over whether or not they want to host giant industrial wind farms, the McGuinty Liberal MPPs in attendance unanimously voted the motion down, with many MPPs dodging the vote altogether.
“While Dalton McGuinty thinks he knows what’s best for communities we believe local families deserve the final say.” — Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak
“Dalton McGuinty thinks he knows better than democratically elected local governments about what they should build in their own communities. Dalton McGuinty must stop trampling on the rights of municipalities and give them the final say over whether or not they host his industrial wind farms.” — John Yakabuski, Ontario PC MPP for Renfrew – Nipissing – Pembroke and critic for Energy.
– Schedule A of the Green Energy Act empowers the McGuinty Government to overrule municipal by-laws and local concerns when locating industrial wind farms.
– Municipalities across Ontario have passed resolutions expressing significant concerns regarding the economic and environmental impact of industrial wind turbine technology being forced on them through the ‘Green Energy Act’.
– A crowd of 500 concerned Ontario citizens participated in a Queen’s Park rally against Dalton McGuinty’s industrial wind farms.
On Wednesday April 28, 2010 the following motion was put forward in the Ontario Legislature by John Yakabuski, Ontario PC MPP, Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke, and Energy Critic:
That the Legislative Assembly of Ontario calls for a moratorium on all wind farm projects until an independent, comprehensive study of the health and environmental impacts of wind farms is completed and Premier McGuinty restores the planning authority governing them to municipalities and local boards. Addressed to the Premier.
The following Liberal MPPs either voted against giving local communities a say on Dalton McGuinty’s industrial wind farms or skipped the vote entirely:
Voted Against the Motion Skipped the Vote
Albanese, Laura Aggelonitis, Hon Sophia
Arthurs, Wayne Balkissoon, Bas
Berardinetti, Lorenzo Bartolucci, Hon Rick
Bradley, Hon James J. Bentley, Hon Christopher
Brown, Michael A. Best, Hon Margarett R.
Brownell, Jim Broten, Hon Laurel C.
Chan, Hon Michael Cansfield, Donna H.
Craitor, Kim Caplan, David
Dickson, Joe Carroll, M. Aileen
Duguid, Hon Brad Chiarelli, Bob
Hoy, Pat Colle, Mike
Jaczek, Helena Crozier, Bruce
Jeffrey, Hon Linda Delaney, Bob
Johnson, Rick Dhillon, Vic
Lalonde, Jean-Marc Dombrowsky, Hon Leona
Leal, Jeff Duncan, Hon Dwight
Mangat, Amrit Flynn, Kevin Daniel
Matthews, Hon Deborah Fonseca, Hon Peter
McNeely, Phil Gerretsen, Hon John
Meilleur, Hon Madeleine Gravelle, Hon Michael
Mitchell, Hon Carol Hoskins, Hon Eric
Moridi, Reza Kular, Kuldip
Murray, Glen R Kwinter, Monte
Naqvi, Yasir Levac, Dave
Orazietti, David Mauro, Bill
Pendergast, Leeanna McGuinty, Hon Dalton
Phillips, Hon Gerry McMeekin, Ted
Ramal, Khalil Milloy, Hon John
Ramsay, David Peters, Hon Steve
Rinaldi, Lou Pupatello, Hon Sandra
Ruprecht, Tony Qaadri, Shafiq
Sandals, Liz Sorbara, Greg
Sergio, Mario Sousa, Charles
Smith, Hon Monique M. Takhar, Hon Harinder S.
Van Bommel, Maria
Wilkinson, Hon John
Wynne, Hon Kathleen O.