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Green Energy Blues — Premier Kathleen Wynne inherits Dalton McGuinty’s mess

Lorrie Goldstein – Toronto Sun — February 23, 2013

TORONTO – In her inaugural Throne Speech Tuesday, Premier Kathleen Wynne said it’s important that “local populations are involved from the beginning if there is going to be a gas plant … or a wind plant … in their hometown.”

This raises an obvious question.

Did Wynne ever make that point in cabinet when Dalton McGuinty was premier?

Back when McGuinty was ramming industrial wind turbines down the throats of rural Ontarians, while simultaneously cancelling natural gas plants in Oakville and Mississauga, just to save a few Liberal seats in the 2011 election?

Indeed, it’s amazing Wynne would include something like that in her Throne Speech, because it highlights the sorry Liberal record of waste, recklessness, arrogance and hypocrisy on their so-called green energy file.

When McGuinty took away the planning rights of local municipalities to have any say on industrial wind factories locating in their communities, he also warned people living in those communities he wouldn’t tolerate any “nimby” (not-in-my-backyard) opposition from them.

And yet when it came to saving the political hides of a handful of no-name Liberal MPPs in Mississauga and Oakville (one of them now Wynne’s finance minister), McGuinty folded like a cheap suit to local opposition, and cancelled two gas plants, costing Ontario taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.

The irony of this fiasco, which is now pounding the final nail into the coffin of Liberal credibility, is that it all goes back to McGuinty’s so-called green energy plan.

Here’s why.   (To continue reading, click here)

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