An alert listener to CBC’s daily Ontario Today program called in last week when Rita Celli had as her guest Don Drummond, the former Federal Associate Deputy Minister of Finance for Canada, who recently was tapped by Dalton McGuinty to diagnose a fix for Ontario’s financial ills. The question: with Ontario poised to spend probably $100 billion on renewable energy schemes, mostly wind, why didn’t you mention this in your report?
It didn’t occur to me, Drummond said. He and his team never even looked at wind power.
We don’t usually go out on a limb and make bold political statements here but today we will: WHAT?!?!?! Billions are being spent, the resulting property value loss and damaged tourism will affect Ontario’s economy, lower productivity as people become ill … and you didn’t even think of it?
That’s because Mr Drummond’s team just acted on what the McGuinty government told them to look at and never questioned the assumptions given to them.
Shabby. Pointless. And a grave disappointment to those who thought a financial professional could shed some light on this issue and maybe make the government change its mind.
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