Say What??? McGuinty leaves Melancthon mayor confused

By Wes Keller Freelance Reporter, Orangeville Citizen
You can’t blame Melancthon Mayor Bill Hill if you should find him scratching his head in a state of confusion. It seems Premier Dalton McGuinty was unaware of the provisions of the Green Energy Act (GEA), at least momentarily, when he recently passed the buck back to the township on issues such as quarries and wind turbines.

“As the issue of wind turbine development falls under the responsibility of the municipal government, you may wish to continue your concerns to your municipal representative,” the premier wrote in response to a concerned Melancthon citizen. Continue reading

Toronto Sun Editorial: We pay for McGuinty’s green blunders

Toronto Sun
Ontario Auditor General Jim McCarter’s 33-page assessment of Premier Dalton McGuinty’s renewable energy initiatives, released last week as part of his annual report, is an infuriating read. Despite its low-key language, it describes a government that blundered into green energy generation without knowing what it was doing and made hugely expensive mistakes that will cost Ontarians billions of dollars for decades to come. Continue reading

It’s too easy being green

by Rex Murphy, National Post
Earlier this week the National Post published amerciless editorial on Ontario’s energy policies under Premier Dalton McGuinty (McGuinty’s green energy disaster, Dec. 8). The editorial came on the heels of an Auditor-General’sreport described by the editorial board as one of the “most scathing indictments of government mismanagement we have ever witnessed.” Continue reading

Ontario’s Corporate Welfare Addiction

by Chris Vander Doelen, Windsor Star
Premier Dalton McGuinty “opened” a Windsor wind turbine supplier for the third time this week, claiming that his Liberal government’s form of heavily subsidized green energy remains the way of the future. We’ll see. Cynics said the premier was in town only to avoid having to answer the Toronto media’s questions about the terrible review his government got this week from the province’s Auditor-General, who singled out McGuinty’s green spending for special criticism.  Read article

Hudak tells Liberals they were “giving the finger” to the Auditor General

The Canadian Press
The governing Liberals’ green energy policies are in the opposition’s crosshairs today following a critical report from Ontario’s auditor general. Watchdog Jim McCarter found that the government fast-tracked billions of dollars of wind and solar energy projects with little oversight, which will drive up electricity bills. Opposition Leader Tim Hudak says the government has created a gold rush in the green energy sector that’s ripping off families. Continue reading

Liberals’ green energy strategy blasted by auditor

Read Auditor Generals Report on the Renewable Energy Sector
Robert Benzie and Rob Ferguson, Toronto Star
Haste makes waste.  Premier Dalton McGuinty’s Liberals’ fast tracking of green energy projects will cost electricity ratepayers more money in the long run, says Auditor General Jim McCarter. In his 460-page annual report to the Legislature released Monday, McCarter castigated policies that were a cornerstone of McGuinty’s re-election in the Oct. 6 vote, including Grit claims of 50,000 green jobs being created.

The auditor general found billions of dollars in solar and wind projects were approved without appropriate oversight, including and regulatory and planning procedures.  Read article

No “wind” in Speech from the Throne: Go figure

by Michael Den Tandt, Post Media News
The Ontario government’s Speech from the Throne contains 2,737 words. Not one of those words is ‘wind.’ And only one of them is ‘green.’ Extraordinary, isn’t it? In all that expanse of rhetoric, messaging, massaging, visioning and stroking, ululation and pontification, there is not one mention of Premier Dalton McGuinty’s signature energy goal – turning the Ontario countryside into an endless thicket of 500-foot wind turbines.  Perhaps McGuinty has belatedly gotten the message? Continue reading

New Cabinet announced

Chris Bentley, Minister of Energy

Jim Bradley, Minister of Environment

by Romina Maurino, Canadian Press

TORONTO – The minority Liberals will unveil a leaner cabinet Thursday with no new faces as Premier Dalton McGuinty sticks to his election mantra that uncertain economic times require a steady hand at the tiller. Read article

Wind energy plan buffeted Liberals at polls

By Paul Morden, The Sarnia Observer
Why did Ontario Liberals lose so many rural seats in therecent election? The answer may be blowing in the wind. Opponents of wind farms key to the Liberals’ Green Energy policy have been celebratingthe beating Premier Dalton McGuinty’s party took at the polls — includingthe loss of several rural MPPs, including Maria Van Bommel inLambton-Kent-Middlesex and three sitting cabinet ministers elsewhere. Continue reading

POINT OF VIEW: Turbines created ill wind for green energy Liberals

By Paul Morden, The Sarnia Observer
Opponents of industrial wind turbine farms in rural Ontario believe they sent a message to Premier Dalton McGuinty on election day. Now, they’re waiting to see if he listened. The Liberal leader came within a hair of returning to Queen’s Park with a third straight majority, but fell short thanks to the loss of several rural ridings in which there was vocal opposition to the wind farms promoted by Ontario’s Green Energy Act. Continue reading

Wind chill blows across rural Ontario

“People have been trying to say ‘Whoa, let’s do this sensibly’ and the Liberal government  just carried on and rolled over everybody”
By Paul Jankowski, Owen Sound Sun Times
The Liberals dogged loyalty to Premier Dalton McGuinty’s green energy policies cost the party their majority in last week’s election, according to some high-profile local opponents to industrial wind turbines. Continue reading