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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
fkaderdina@liberal.ola.org
416-325-9138

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.

Contact us at northgowerwindactiongroup@yahoo.ca

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From a Conservative Party of Ontario news release today:

QUEEN’S PARK – Today, Lisa MacLeod, PC MPP for Nepean-Carleton, revealed that, as part of a pattern of trying to cover up their dismal record on the economy, the bloated debt and skyrocketing hydro bills, Liberal cabinet ministers are playing fast and loose with the facts, hoping to pull the wool over the eyes of Ontario families.

Energy Minister Brad Duguid continues to say that Ontario is moving past coal-generated electricity toward cleaner sources of energy, yet coal use rose by 28 per cent last year. In January, the National Post published a letter by Dwight Duncan where he wrote that Ontario’s deficit has been reduced by 25 percent over the last year – when the real number is in fact three percent.

In January, in a CFRA interview, Bob Chiarelli stated that his government was freezing public sector wages and was then forced to admit he was wrong. He was later forced to admit that, when he said on air that tens of thousands of green jobs had already been created, he was wrong.

Quotes

“Increasingly desperate to paper over their shameful record of mismanagement, the Liberals aren’t going to let something as small as the facts get in their way. When it comes to the current Ontario government, credibility is cheap.”

– Lisa MacLeod, MPP Nepean-Carleton, critic for Government Accountability

“Given their record of hiking taxes and doubling the debt through costly scandals and failed energy experiments, it’s no wonder the McGuinty Liberals will say anything they can to avoid having to defend their dismal record.”

– Lisa MacLeod, MPP Nepean-Carleton, critic for Government Accountability

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..to say nothing of the fact that wind-generated power can never replace coal, and even a multi-billionaire businessman like Boone Pickens says, the only thing it runs on is public money. And, that Chiarelli says turning off coal plants is like taking millions of cars off the road, when the products of coal-fired generation (what there is of it) are totally different from car exhaust.

Email us at northgowerwindactiongroup@yahoo.ca and remember our “It’s time for the truth about wind” event, co-hosted with the South Branch Wind Opposition Group and the Beckwith Responsible Wind Action Group, January 23rd, North Gower community centre, 2 p.m.

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More news: this ship is sinking fast. Note Duguid’s comments about the 50,000 jobs being created by “green energy”—none of that is true, and the jobs that are being created come at a price tag–according to Randall Denley of The Citizen, and the experience of other countries like Germany and Spain–of over $300,000 PER JOB.

A new wind action group was born in Ontario this week, too. The citizens of Whittington Ontario are fighting for democracy.

October 14, 2010

Green power driving up prices: Hudak
By ANTONELLA ARTUSO, QMI Agency
 

TORONTO — Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak said he won’t rip up signed energy contracts, but the days of attracting solar and wind power to the province with pledges of highly lucrative rates would end under a PC government.

A Hudak government would also seek out “willing hosts” for energy projects and allow people to opt back to flat electricity rates, he said.

“Energy policy is about economics and stop treating it like a social program,” Hudak said in breakfast speech Thursday hosted by the Ontario Energy Association. “Quite frankly, we cannot continue to pursue green energy policies that unnecessarily drive up the cost for consumers and have punitive impacts on our broader economy.”

With the provincial election less than a year away, and the Ontario Liberals taking heat on rising hydro rates, many players in the power sector were interested to hear Hudak’s vision for energy.

The PC leader said he would hit the green light on new nuclear and water power.

Hudak said he would also put a consumer advocate into the Ontario Energy Board — the body that regulates the province’s electricity and natural gas sectors in the public interest.

While he isn’t dismissing renewable energy, Hudak said wind and solar power can’t continue to be purchased at guaranteed prices well above the market rate for electricity.

The Liberal policy on green energy is driving up hydro prices, he said.

Hudak said one of the measures most needed in electricity is consistency and long-range planning, criticizing both the Liberals who just pulled the plug on a natural gas Oakville power plant after inking a deal, and on his own government under former Conservative Premier Ernie Eves who pulled a “180” when it abruptly abandoned its own plans for the electricity sector.

Energy Minister Brad Duguid said Hudak’s vision is backward-looking and would return the province to a time when it was forced to rely on dirty sources of energy.

It’s the Liberal government’s commitment to finding additional cleaner sources of energy that has given the system the option of nixing the Oakville plant, which is no longer needed to meet electricity demand, he said.

“With (Hudak’s) policies, there’s no question there would have to be a gas plant in Oakville because we wouldn’t have the flexibility to consider any other options,” Duguid said, predicting the Tory leader’s views on hydro would kill many of the 50,000 jobs that the Liberal’s Green Energy Act is creating.

To contact the North Gower Wind Action Group, email northgowerwindactiongroup@yahoo.ca

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