Check out this Globe and Mail article entitled: “Ontario Liberals make it harder to cancel green energy programs ahead of election.” (H/T Joanne at Blue Like You) As the article states: “A directive signed by Energy Minister Brad Duguid effectively leaves the province’s electricity planning agency with much less leeway to cancel contracts, thereby giving companies greater assurance that their projects will go ahead as long as they meet certain conditions.” (Highlighting mine.)
What I find puzzling in the article, almost like partisan spin, are phrases like “less leeway” and “greater assurance.” Further along in the article the writers also use the phrase: “creating stability.” Less leeway for whom? Greater assurances for whom? Creating stability for whom? Wind turbine and solar energy investors? There certainly are no assurances and stability for the energy paying Ontario taxpayer and consumer.
Look, I am not an energy expert. I just know what most Ontarians know, that you can’t keep spending more money on creating energy than you take in, or paying other governments for surplus energy you don’t need (while continuing to create that energy), or claiming that you are creating jobs in the green sector when we don’t know to what extent they are being created at the expense of other sectors.
So, if the McGuinty Liberals already have a law with sweeping powers and they add in a “directive from the Energy Minister, Brad Duguid,” what have you got? A governing party that is anti-democratic, coercive, arrogant and desperate?
Whatever! It’s now just short of sixty days until Ontarians get a chance to let the McGuinty Liberals know how they feel about all this. October 6th! Of course, I plan to vote PC (Progressive Conservative) but whether you are an NDP or PC supporter, mark that date on your calendar!