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The buzz today, of course, is the apparent betrayal of his own political party by Progressive Conservative MPP Frank Klees, who announced his intent to run for Speaker, thereby weakening the Conservatives’ ability to oppose the Liberal’s minority government.

No one should be surprised.

Known by some in his own riding as “Frank Sleeze,” Mr Klees was until recently on the board of directors for several “energy” companies such as Universal Energy and Just Energy, which were power resellers (the former having been fined numerous times for shabby business practices) and more recently, Tribute Resources which has an application filed with the Ontario Power Authority for a Feed-In Tariff contract for an industrial wind power generation project.

So, while the Conservatives were telling Ontario’s rural communities they were going to stand up for their rights and deal with the industrialization of Ontario communities by wind power projects, Mr. Klees was right in there … on the wind business side. He resigned from Tribute on August 5th, a scant two months before the provincial election.

Once again, the slogan WE PAY, THEY PROFIT is all you need to make sense of this.

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Here is a news release from the Ontario Liberal Party, released yesterday. Some of it is news, but we submit that calling the Leader of the Opposition a “dodo” is not. Here is the news release, comment below.

Mike Harris Latest Senior PC to join Ontario’s Clean Energy Economy

TORONTO, July 4, 2011 /CNW/ – Former PC Premier Mike Harris is the latest high profile Conservative to break ranks with Tim Hudak and join the parade that is growing behind the birth of a clean renewable energy economy in Ontario.

Harris is the Chairman of Magna International, and a member of the board of the Aurora based company since 2003. In that time, he has helped shape the company into a leading manufacturer of both solar and wind systems.

In what is a major blow to Hudak, Harris, his political mentor and someone he worships, has positioned Magna as a player in Ontario’s clean energy revolution through the Feed-in-Tariff program:

“Solar Income Fund has entered into an agreement with Magna Closures, a division of Magna International, to purchase 14 dual-axis trackers for a series of solar energy installations under the Ontario FIT Program.” (April 4, 2011)

Harris’ support for clean energy also extends directly to the Samsung Agreement as Magna is leasing a facility to Siemens in Tillsonburg to produce wind blades for Samsung, a facility that will create 700 good local jobs.

Unlike Harris and Magna, Tim Hudak has failed to understand the days of dirty coal-fired electricity generation have gone the way of the dodo bird, and has promised to kill 50,000 jobs by scrapping Ontario Feed-in-Tariff program, Samsung’s $7 billion investment in Ontario jobs, and all the gains Ontario manufacturers have made in this forward-looking growth sector.

Mike Harris isn’t the only senior PC who sees the advantages of Dalton McGuinty’s plan to build Ontario’s clean energy economy:

  • ·                  Veteran MPP Frank Klees sits on the board of Tribute Resources – a company proposing to build a huge wind farm on the Bruce Peninsula – and holds stock options in the company
  • ·                  Senior PC MPP, Ernie Hardeman is scrambling to save jobs – and directly contradicting Hudak – by saying a Samsung agreement could stay under a PC government. (St. Thomas Times-Journal, May 11, 2011)
  • ·                  PC MPP Toby Barrett has warned local landowners with wind and solar projects to finalize their contracts as soon as possible – because he’s worried Hudak would kill them. (Simcoe Reformer, May 16, 2011).

While Tim Hudak is only in it for himself and his election, his pledge to kill clean energy jobs and take us back to the dark days of dirty coal will hurt Ontario’s economy and our environment.

For further information:

Fahim Kaderdina

Mike Harris’ apparent “defection” from PC principles and particularly, from support of Tim Hudak is surprising—or is it? Look at the list of people like Harris and Klees who are supporting the FIT program for wind and solar power: they are all in it for the money. Nothing else. They don’t care about the environment or air pollution; their interest is simply in the bottom line. And whose money is that? YOURS.

Fact: the estimates of jobs being created are vastly overstated. Most jobs will be short-term, and once the government subsidies are eaten up as projects are finished, the employers will simply move on to the next government offering such subsidies (though none is as rich as what Ontario has offered). Fact: each job is subsidized by the taxpayer to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars for each job. This is not realistic and cannot continue. As for Hudak being a “dodo” we’ll see about that when we deal with the aftermath of a wind and solar power industry that cannot meet its promises, cannot produce reliable power, and will never make a difference to air quality, jobs, the economy or anything else.

Once again, there is no mention of the effect of declining property values throughout the province, among properties adjacent to industrial wind turbine power generation projects.

This is going to be a very very unpleasant election campaign, especially with the Liberals doing anything, saying anything, to try for re-election.

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