Posted By QMI AGENCY, Sarnia Observer
The provincial government is afraid of returning decision-making authority on wind farms back to municipalities, says Sarnia- Lambton MPP Bob Bailey.
He made the comment after the Liberal government defeated an Ontario PC Caucus motion last week calling on the provincial government to place a moratorium on new wind farm development until a comprehensive and independent study is completed on health and environmental concerns.
The motion also called on the government to restore planning authority to Ontario municipalities so no industrial wind farm can be imposed on a community that does not want one.
Municipalities across Ontario have expressed economic and environmental concerns about wind farms being forced on them under the Green Energy Act.
“If Dalton McGuinty’s plan for placing industrial wind farms in the backyards of Ontario communities was as popular as he pretends it is, why is he so afraid of allowing Ontario municipalities and local citizens to have their say?” said Bailey.
“Municipal councils are consulted when a big box store, landfill or industrial complex is looking to move into the local area, so why are the Liberals confiscating local councils’ decision-making authority when it comes to industrial wind farms?”
Local people are the best informed to make local decisions, said Bailey.