Hudak on Energy: We Can’t Subsidize Our Way to Growth

Picture 0 for Hudak on Energy: We Can’t Subsidize Our Way to Growth“I submit I am not going out on much of a limb when I say there is a direct correlation between Hydro’s rates and our rate of unemployment in Ontario. As the rates go up, so will the rate of unemployment.” – Dalton McGuinty, Hansard, September 23, 1991

QUEEN’S PARK – Continuing to table a series of pro-growth ideas, Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak today proposed a plan for dealing with a mounting problem for job creation and the province’s competitiveness: industrial power rates which are among the highest in North America and projected to go even higher.

“The main drivers of future increases are expensive subsidies paid to renewable energy developers – whether we need the power or not,” Hudak said. “So today I am tabling a Private Member’s Bill to replace them with an approach that treats energy policy as a key economic policy.”

Hudak’s Bill would end the Liberals’ Feed-in Tariff (FIT) and microFIT schemes – which pay unsustainable subsidies to developers through 20-year contracts.

“There’s plenty of evidence that ending these subsidies is the right thing to do,” Hudak said. “For example, the Auditor General found that under the FIT program, ratepayers may have to pay energy generators up to $225 million a year not to generate electricity, given that renewable energy is being added to the system much faster than the growth in the economy’s demand.”

Also under Hudak’s Bill, industrial wind and solar farms not yet connected to the power grid would require Ministerial consultation with the affected communities, prior to a final decision by the Minister on whether a project should proceed, be renegotiated, or in some cases ended before they really get going, Hudak explained. Value-for-money and supply-and-demand issues would also be considered.

“Ontario urgently needs to kick-start job creation and attract new investment,” Hudak said. “The Liberals have relied on massive spending and costly subsidies for wind and solar that drive up hydro rates – undercutting job creation and competitiveness.

“With job losses mounting since well before the last recession, this approach has been a clear failure. The Bill I am introducing today is another expression of the new approach I’ll bring to Ontario’s jobs and economic crises.”

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7 thoughts on “Hudak on Energy: We Can’t Subsidize Our Way to Growth

  1. If you had told the people of Ontario this before the election, instead of all the negative campaigning, you would have been Premier now instead of the idiot we now have.

  2. Private members bills are alright as a protest tactic, and deserve support, especially Lisa Thompson’s. Still, I can’t help feeling had Hudak been as forthright about the disastrous economic peformance of Ont wind turbines during the election, he may not have needed PMBs.
    I have concluded that urban voters remain unlikely to be swayed by health, safety,or environmental defects of IWTs; out of sight, out of mind. They receive next to no objective information from city based media. On the economic front, they are affected like all taxpayers. Most people can understand the absurity of subsidizing costly wind generated electricity, then dumping it at a loss, or paying US customers to take it. All these facts have been known for years. Hudak should have hammered home an alternative power policy during the campaign.
    OK I support such a campaign now, but the reality facing him is that the NDP are more ideologically committed to renewable energy than McGuinty. It will take some other scandal or economic disaster for a combined opposition to defeat this government.

    • Joanne, I agree with your fire in the belly comment. There has got to be passion, passion that can be heard, seen, and felt by the public. Having the courage of your convictions and getting out there and laying it on the line. I’ve heard Tim Hudak a few times this summer and he has been more impressive than some of his earlier interviews. Quite impressive, actually. I would think it would do him well, at this point, to get out there and scream, with conviction, bloody murder. Illustrate the people’s anger to what McGuinty’s government has done to Ontario and what he, Hudak, will do to make things right. Didn’t it say somewhere that only about 15% of the population is finely tuned to politics, that most simply read the headlines?? If that’s the case, a person with a high degree of conviction and passion (fire in the belly) for his/her view of where Ontario ought to go would definitely make people sit up and take notice. As Joanne’s post states, we need to feel the posaisn, the excitement, the possibility of a new path for Ontario rather than being put to sleep. Of course, McGuinty would like us to remain asleep. One other point: as with the federal election, the msm and unions are mainly with the Liberals/NDP. Well, we did whip them the last time, we’ll have to do it again. No problem, really.

  3. Never underestimate people of all stripes. People can think. Many just needed a push to speak out. The BAD FIT Train is gaining momentum . Let’s not forget Thomas the little Engine. I think we can ….I think we can… we can.. we can …we did! WOOO OO WOOO!

    The Hudak trains a commin , commin down the line and we aint seen that sunshine since I don’t know when.
    But Hudak Hudak Hudak , he is now on track.
    He’s gaining speed and thunder and he won’t be turning back.
    Look out Dalton …Chris and Doctor Arlene … You lost your steam…
    Your energy dream… it just ain’t Green.

    Get off the track cause we are fighting back …we got Hudak Hudak Hudak
    Our numbers grew and grew and you know that is true.
    Time to step down , you have really been a clown . quick, get off this track.
    Make way for Tim …Tim Hudak.

    Goodnight folks.

  4. Economically these turbines are a nightmare. I don’t understand why ontario didn’t put all this money into research years ago to come up with different alternative energy sources. That would provide jobs and stimulate our creative thinkers out there. On the health side you don’t see these mpp’s living in that setback distance. Two things…every time one of these projects sold to another company make them pay an increased development fee and reapply all over again. Second…make it mandatory for the landowners to reside full time on their property with the turbine placement closer to their home than their neighbours.

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