Ontario loses WTO ruling on green energy policies: reports

Richard Blackwell, The Globe and Mail
Ontario has apparently lost a key trade challenge to its green energy policies that force companies to buy equipment from local manufacturers, according to reports out of Europe.

A reputable international trade newsletter said Monday the World Trade Organization has issued a preliminary report that agrees with Japan and the European Union, in their complaint about Ontario’s support for its renewable energy industry.

If the preliminary report stands, Ontario might have to dismantle parts of its controversial “feed-in-tariff” program that pays high prices to producers of wind and solar power, as long as they buy a certain proportion of their equipment in the province. The program was set up to try to encourage the development of a green-energy manufacturing sector in the province.

The International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, based in Geneva, said it obtained a copy of a confidential interim WTO report, which was circulated to the parties in the case in September. A final ruling is expected in November, but the WTO seldom changes its decision from its preliminary reports.

According to the ICTSD, the WTO says the local content rules break non-discrimination rules in the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade. However, the WTO rejected the Japanese and EU argument that the local content rules amount to illegal subsidies. Read article

25 thoughts on “Ontario loses WTO ruling on green energy policies: reports

  1. So much for local jobs. Now getting screwed twice by Samsung since they don’t have to buy local, then that makes any local jobs meaningless.
    The GEA is a big scam that is now unravelling and getting worse, that has been set up by the short sighted liberal government. McGuinty needs to be impeached for his failure to act in the best interests of Ontario.

  2. I think we can assume even the dimwitted Green Gang was smart enough to know this would happen. But they assumed it would drag on long enough to allow them to crow about local jobs; now they can say it’s not their fault the jobs aren’t there.

  3. Isn’t it a strange coincidence that a couple of days after word leaks out that the WTO has ruled against the local content aspects of the GEA, that Dalton McGuinty surprises everyone by proroguing the Legislature and resigning as premier. By shutting down the Legislature for the next 4-6 months, Dalton has ensured that his bureaucrats will continue to approve and implement the Liberal green energy agenda and Ontarians now have no protection or representation to stop the onslaught. I wonder if this is not Dalton’s most audacious move yet. There is a lot of money riding on the approvals of these energy projects in the queue. It will be interesting to see how many of them receive approval during the prorogation period. Unfortunately, most people in this province are so snugly esconced in their normalcy bias, they don’t realize the implications of this situation.

  4. What is a trade campaigner?

    Stuart Trew: trade campaigner for the Council of Canadians

    ‘[excerpt] Complaints at the WTO are lodged against countries rather than provinces, so the filings were against Canada, rather than Ontario.

    A spokesman for the Ontario energy ministry said in an e-mail that the department does not comment on confidential reports, and that the province still believes its program is consistent with Canada’s WTO obligations. “Should the panel disagree, we are ready to pursue all options with the federal government, including an appeal of the decision.”

    Stuart Trew, who works as a trade campaigner for the Council of Canadians, said the ruling, if it stands, will be “a terrible loss, not just for Canada, but also for countries globally who are looking for ways to make their economies more dynamic.”

    Mr. Trew said Ontario will likely put pressure on the federal government to appeal the final decision, if it goes against them. Ontario might also be given the option to amend the problematic portions of its energy policy to bring them on side. “It is going to be a long process,” he said.’

    Get Rid of the OPA!

    • New episode – Ontario’s Energy Ministry go’s ballistic

      ‘[excerpt] A spokesman for the Ontario energy ministry said in an e-mail that the department does not comment on confidential reports, and that the province still believes its program is consistent with Canada’s WTO obligations. “Should the panel disagree, we are ready to pursue all options with the federal government, including an appeal of the decision.”’

      Sounds like – Lawyers start your engines
      Ugh!

      • We can start here:
        – impractical free-trade theorists
        – environmental whackos

        …..and let’s not forget:
        greedy profiteering [intentionally left blank]

        My comfy sofa moment!

      • Oh I get it –
        ‘everybody’s on a conference call’

        Ontario – Me-Guinty’s experiment…………..blows up!

      • McGuinty’s………….Ugh!
        Green Energy and Green Economy Act – causes problems for Canada

        A Federal Fight – and, it’s not over!

        ‘[excerpt] The International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, based in Geneva, said it had spoken to sources who had seen a copy of a confidential interim WTO report, which was circulated to the parties in the case in September. A final ruling is expected in November, but the WTO seldom changes its decision from its preliminary reports.

        According to the ICTSD, the WTO says the local content rules break non-discrimination rules in the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade. However, the WTO rejected the Japanese and EU argument that the local content rules amount to illegal subsidies.’

  5. McGuinty has set a most dangerous precedent for democracy. “We’ll do what we want and if you don’t like it, we’ll shut you up by proroguing parliament”. Is this this now the new process for governments?

    I say that the issue of selecting a new leader for the liberal party is just a red herring in a feeble attempt to justify proroguing parliament. An interim leader could be and needs to be instantly appointed.

    Why do we need to wait six months for this circus of selecting their new leader that will play out like a bunch of pole dancing hookers surrounded by johns advertising their wares day after day, while Ontario is allowed to continue the death spiral with nobody accountable in the captain’s chair? And the world is watching as hypocritical foreign companies and countries are set to rape the taxpayers of Ontario using the climate change as a porkbarrel.
    http://www2.canada.com/windsorstar/news/story.html?id=b307c5fa-a2e2-43cd-8bdd-667aaabb0a3a

    We can certainly thank the liberals and the NDP for their years of collusion to create the illusion that wind energy is the solution.

    • Climate Change – peace and prosperity – ugh!…………..with the presumption of ‘free trade’

      ‘[excerpt] The WTO has recognized that climate change “is not a problem that can afford to wait.” The organization called it “a threat to future development, peace and prosperity that must be tackled with the greatest sense of urgency by the entire community of nations.”‘

      Just politics!
      WTO Bureaucrats – globalists
      Ugh!

    • Stephen Harper’s government – already said – ‘NO’
      But, some are playing along – to get along……………………….ugh! X2

      Canada – ‘must’ participate – according to some!
      Re: Framework Agreement on Climate Change and Kyoto Protocol.

      ‘[excerpt] In late spring, our two organizations, along with Blue Green Canada, the Canadian Federation of Students, the Canadian Union of Public Employees, the Communications, Energy and Paperwork-ers Union of Canada, and the Ontario Public Service Employees Union, submitted an amicus brief to the WTO panel hearing this case. In our submission, we urged the panel to consider Ontario’s, and Canada’s, obligations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions under the Framework Agreement on Climate Change and Kyoto Protocol.

      The WTO has recognized that climate change “is not a problem that can afford to wait.” The organization called it “a threat to future development, peace and prosperity that must be tackled with the greatest sense of urgency by the entire community of nations.”

    • This just in!
      Mr. McGuinty thinks the world is flat –
      He is going to ride his bicycle to china!

    • In turn – maybe Ontario citizens should write to the WTO panel –
      telling them to get a ‘real job’.
      Ugh!

    • McGuinty – The Worst
      ‘[excerpt] A Canadian constitutional scholar says Ontario Liberal Premier Dalton McGuinty’s decision to prorogue the legislature is a mistake, and prorogation should never be used to avoid political heat in the legislative assembly.

      “It’s not a precedent at all, it’s a horror show. And it should never, never be duplicated anywhere else,” he says. “It’s becoming like an epidemic. This is the worst outbreak at the provincial level.”‘
      http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/sunnews/politics/archives/2012/10/20121018-170913.html

    • Shareholders need ‘certainty’ –
      No lawsuits = No Money Loss

      McGuinty gave them ‘certainty’ – Omnibus Bill 55
      Bill 55 amendments to Schedule 19 – a license to kill

      The following schedule (19) being introduced by the Ontario Liberal Party as Bill 55: Strong Action for Ontario Act (Budget Measures), removes any legal impediments and prohibitions that Industrial Wind Turbine developers would have encountered (and should have in cases like Wolfe Island) to destroy the habitat of and, harass and kill, species considered at risk or endangered under the Endangered Species Act in Ontario.
      http://countylive.ca/blog/?p=24965

      Certainly – looks like – McGuinty Liberals are loved by
      shareholders investing in these companies.

    • McGuinty Liberals in ‘Cuckoo-land’

      Wednesday, Jun 20, 2012
      Melodika.net
      Liberal fire-sale of public assets stopped

      In March 2012, the Ontario Liberal government introduced its mammoth budget bill (Bill 55, the Strong Action for Ontario Act (Budget Measures), 2012). Buried in Bill 55 was an act that would allow the government to privatize almost any crown corporation or government service.
      http://www.sgmlaw.com/en/newsevents/SGMNewsDetail.cfm?ID=302

    • Pass in on……………………………….
      McGuinty Liberals – Ugh!

      Dalton resigns and shuts down the legislature. Don’t let him do this without hearing from you. Call Dalton’s office or one of the other Liberal MPPs and let them know your feelings. And while you’re at it call every other MPP. Additional contact numbers here.

      And be sure to sign my petition to the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario to reconvene the Ontario Legislative Assembly.

      It is up to us to bring our voice to them! Change can happen.
      http://ontario3595.tumblr.com/

      Debating Bill 75 the creation of the Ontario Electricity System Operator (OESO)
      Randy debates Bill 75 which would amend the Electricity Act, 1998 by amalgamating the Independent Electricity System Operator (“IESO”) and the Ontario Power Authority (“OPA”) and by continuing them as the Ontario Electricity System Operator (“OESO”). Randy points out several questionable sections in the Act. Referred to sections are listed below.
      http://www.randyhilliermpp.com/ontariocanleadagain/pod-casts/1252-debating-bill-75-the-creation-of-theontario-electricity-system-operator-oeso

      Get Rid of the ‘OPA’ – ugh!

  6. The IWT industry is entering the mature phase as many U.S. electric utilities have or will have reached the amount of “green” energy they must produce & use which was mandated under state laws. This will happen even if the PTC is not extended. Result is the companies like Vestas are already looking into moving into the IWT markets in Latin America and manufacturing in Latin American countries. So the “green” jobs will go to Latin America & Asia anyway.
    So there won’t be “green” jobs here anyway but people here can be fooled for awhile about renewable jobs.

    • IWTs and solar panels will not make Canada’s economy more dynamic but these will make a lot of well connected fat-cats and their fellow travelers lots of money at the expense of all who will be forced to pay for this folly.

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