Paul Morden, Sarnia Observer
[Excerpt] The Friday morning event came on the heels of a meet-and-greet the night before at the Ups ‘N’ Downs pub downtown where she was greeted by anti-wind turbine protestors. A 92-turbine wind project is current under construction in Lambton County, and another 46-turbine project is awaiting provincial environmental approval. Both have led to protests by opponents of wind energy and the province’s Green Energy Act.
“We believe that the Liberals have made a mess of the green energy sector, as well,” Horwath said. “It’s a sad day in Ontario when we have families pitted against each other, when we have neighbours pitted against each other, when we have communities pitted against each other.”
Renewable energy is something most people believe is a good thing but the Liberals decided to shut down community participation, “ignore the voices of local residents and rammed through projects,” Horwath said. “That’s a wrong-headed way of doing things.”
She said the NDP believes there’s no need to call in international companies to get green energy up and running in Ontario. Instead, Horwath said she would encourage municipalities, farm co-ops and First Nations to develop projects that are scaled to their communities and benefit local residents. “It’s very divisive and, frankly, is a failure of the Liberals,” she said. Read article