Wind turbines take centre stage at all-candidates forum for Perth-Middlesex

PerthBy Mike Beitz, The Beacon Herald
A small group of protesters with “Stop the Turbines” and “Not a Willing Host” signs standing outside of the St. Joseph’s Parish Centre in Listowel Wednesday night foreshadowed a key issue that would be discussed inside. Industrial wind turbine projects were raised several times during a well-attended all-candidates forum hosted by the Perth and Wellington federations of agriculture.

But it wasn’t until well into the evening that the seven participating provincial candidates – Irma DeVries (Family Coalition Party), Matthew Murphy (independent), Romayne Smith Fullerton (NDP), Chris Desjardins (Green Party), Randy Pettapiece (Progressive Conservative Party), Robby Smink (Freedom Party) and Stewart Skinner (Liberal Party), were asked directly if they support them. Predictably, none of them gave an outright yes.

Murphy suggested several times that turbines belong offshore, where their impact on communities would be minimized, and also advocated for more local control over where they’re located. “I think you have a right to say, ‘We don’t want them nearby. We don’t want them here,'” he said.

Smith Fullerton agreed with the need for more local control, and suggested that the issue has been “devastating” for rural Ontario. The NDP would consult with the auditor general to determine if contracts could be opened up again, she added.

Desjardin argued that wind turbine projects should be “community owned,” with the community deciding where they’re placed. When told by someone in the audience that 70 Ontario communities have declared themselves unwilling hosts for wind turbines, he looked shocked. “We do want the community to say where they’re going, and if you’re an unwilling host, I guess they’re not going in your community,” said Desjardins.

Pettapiece said it was unfortunate that wind turbine opponents in rural Ontario are given the NIMBY (not in my backyard) label. “We would cancel the FIT program that deals with these projects,” he said, “and we would certainly investigate the contracts that have been handed out on anything that’s not hooked up to the grid.”

Smink, who prefaced most of his responses with a criticism of government interference, did the same when describing his stance on the “windmill idiocy.” “This is exactly the type of problems that you have when you have big government basically telling you how to run your life,” he said.

DeVries, who repeated a similar “smaller government” mantra throughout the evening, said the Family Coalition Party would introduce legislation to restore the rights of municipalities to refuse turbines.

Even Skinner, whose Liberal Party implemented the Green Energy Act, said that changes are in order, particularly when it comes to protecting fertile soil like those found in Perth-Wellington. “Going forward, I’m going to advocate for protection for prime farmland, that we’re not placing turbines on good Class 1 and Class 2 lands,” he said, adding that he would push for minimum distance separation between turbines and livestock operations. His suggestion that neither he nor any of the other candidates could stop the controversial wind turbine projects planned just outside of Listowel, and that “it’s done,” prompted a sharp response from the crowd. “It’s not done,” several people called out loudly. Read article

4 thoughts on “Wind turbines take centre stage at all-candidates forum for Perth-Middlesex

  1. talk is cheap and by the time they look into it most townships will be plastered with them.

    I think these members should pick a town near them and sit through an ERT proccess! If that won’t open their eyes nothing will!

    • This should open anyones eyes!!! If you can get past the emotions that no way and dtart your own due diligence we can replace this evil to greatness. But you need to open yourself to this fraud


      1, Do not allow them into your home. Tell then all of the agents working for them that you will have them charged with trespassing and kidnapping. PLACE A LAMINATED NOTICE UPON YOUR DOOR THAT YOU ARE THE “LIVING BEING” AND THE CONSEQUENCES OUTLINED TO THEM IF THEY TRESPASS!!!

      2. The name on our Birth Certificates is not ours or our children’s. It belongs to the government crooks and banks. When you answer to that name or sign anything with the name you give up all of your rights to them over your child and yourself. Hence change up the names to represent you the LIVING WOMAN/MAN.

      3. If you are forced into a court realize you are the highest authority under Common Law and their courts are all in COMMERCE (money) so they have no jurisdiction or JUSTICE they are stealing your children for money.

      4. As it stands today the courts and police are not working for the PEOPLE hence no jurisdiction, no standing under the law, just plain criminals and one hundred percent personally LIABLE under the common law.

      5. Start the commercial lien process against them first serving them Affidavit of Truth Notice. Then file the lien in court record if they do not comply with your demands and the time you gave them. Note no one can remove the lien only you, no judge lawyer or any other human. You can lien their property, and claim damages against them.

      6. Stay out of their COURTS a summons is an “invitation” to contract with them. You are not obligated to go their only to reconvene the court to Common Law jurisdiction and make them accountable. bring the court under.

      6. Do not argue or defend your self against them, when your name is called answer with “I am the witness to the fraud you are seeking to incriminate me into via the “registered Birth Certificate NAME, and I hold the evidence in my hand. (Show them the BIRTH CERTIFICATE). They will dismiss and your children will be immediately returned to you. If not have the court officers ARREST THEM.

      Do not hire LAWYERS they along with the JUDGES do not work for you and you do not need them. Remember you are the highest authority of all you have created and possess but only if you stop CONSENTING VIA THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE NAME!!

  2. Power Engineering International, Nov.1,2011
    This is what Power Enginering had to say about the Ontario situation at that time, Nov.,2011.
    Scroll down to:
    “Still the liberals expect to proceed with their green agenda in Ontario. The third party, called the New Democrat Party, also stood on a strong green energy platform, so is expected to back the incumbent liberals in retaining the Smart Grid and renewable energy initiatives.”
    Nothing has changed since that time.

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