Underwood woman clears Legislature gallery

Huron-Bruce MPP Carol Mitchell slipped out of the House during the debate, said Schmidt. “She’s not looking after the best interests of her constituents.”

By Eric Howald,  Kincardine Independent

You have to decide if you’re going to be quiet or speak out and do what is right, says an Underwood-area resident.

Norma Schmidt has decided to speak out.

And that led to her being escorted from the gallery at Queen’s Park Wednesday afternoon.
“I had my say and then I left,” she said in a phone interview Thursday afternoon.

Schmidt was one of a large contingent of residents from Bruce and Grey counties who travelled by bus and car to Queen’s Park to protest the wind farms that are springing up across the province.

About 250 of the demonstrators were in the House to hear a debate on a motion calling for a moratorium on wind farm projects until an independent, comprehensive study of the health and environmental impacts of wind farms is completed. The motion also called on the government to restore the planning authority governing them to municipalities and local boards.

It was too much for Schmidt when she heard a Liberal MPP say there are no health problems associated with wind turbines. Continue reading