Minister of Environment avoids environmental questions

Kingston Whig Standard

Courtesy of John Gerretsen

Last week in the Legislature, the opposition had a lot of tough questions about the Green Energy Act, but neither John Gerretsen nor Dalton McGuinty would answer, and the questions were deflected to another minister. Now, Gerretsen is good at introducing his guests in the gallery or answering lob ball questions from Liberal backbenchers, but when it comes to questions about the green energy projects, Gerretsen is silent as a mouse.

So MPP John Gerretsen’s re-election campaign starts in early July, thanks to the Go Green Fund. It seems wonderful that the government would hire a group of students for the summer, especially now that the economy is in the tank, and the exorbitant minimum wage makes it difficult for students to find work.

I wonder if anyone is really going to ask these kids the tough questions? No, these students will go around Kingston eagerly collecting data, and then reporting their findings to their superiors, in some sort of voter identification program. There will be no discussions of accountability and not one of us will ask about the HST or the record-setting deficits.

I seriously doubt that any of these students will be asked why the Liberals’ own “Sunshine List” shows that there are ticket token takers working in the subway system in Toronto who are making more money than those pharmacists, who clearly must be stopped. After all, those pharmacists are not organized, are not normally politically active and make way too much money for a non-unionized, non-government employee.

Without question, these students will work hard and will hopefully have something meaningful for their CV, but will they be able to explain to any of us why the government uses this sham of a Green Energy Act to sign ridiculous contracts that their grandchildren will be paying for? Will they be taught that the brunt of the green energy projects are being paid for by our manufacturers in something called the provincial benefit tax? And will they be taught that the idea of permanent, full-time jobs in the renewable energy field is an anathema. Remember, the great benefit of renewable energy is that the product is self generating, with no need for man to help in the process. My guess is that the answer to these questions is no, and it will be business as usual in the Limestone City.

Last week in the Legislature, the opposition had a lot of tough questions about the Green Energy Act, but neither John Gerretsen nor Dalton McGuinty would answer, and the questions were deflected to another minister. Now, Gerretsen is good at introducing his guests in the gallery or answering lob ball questions from Liberal backbenchers, but when it comes to questions about the green energy projects, Gerretsen is silent as a mouse.

It is clear that the minister and the government expect that the public will not question the Western European utopia regarding renewable energy that the government wishes to create here in Ontario. The government wants to continue full steam — sorry, full wind — ahead, with the program of socialization and the policy of government knows best. Lucky for us, October 2011 is quickly approaching, and the minister and the government will not be able to avoid the tough questions for much longer.

Gareth Neilson, Kingston

2 thoughts on “Minister of Environment avoids environmental questions

  1. Gerettson along with every other politician has basically become an election machine that only does two things!
    If in power, they spend all their time and efforts to STAY in power.
    If in Opposition they spend all their waking moments and their energy on trying to GET into power.

    They don’t do one thing to represent their constituents and make life easier for those that pay their wages.

    To expect anything intelligent or productive from this man is absolutely “pie in the sky”

  2. Where do we sign up to support the United Farmers of Ontario which formed the government of Ontario in the early part of the twentieth century?

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