Hudak’s Anti-Renewable Energy Promises Put Province on Hook for Tens of Billions of Dollars

 – Hudak Promises include draconian new powers to cancel projects and retroactively revoke approvals

News from the Campaign Office of Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne

Mississauga, Ontario, May 18th, 2014 – Tim Hudak has learned nothing from the gas plant cancellation decisions and is irresponsibly exposing the province to costs well over 20 times as large as the Mississauga and Oakville cancelations which were supported by all three parties.

Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak follws his former leader Mike Harris down the line. Kill everything to do with green energy or environmental protection and get back to 19th and 20th Century versions of coal, oil and nuclear.

Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak follws his former leader Mike Harris down the line. Gut everything to do with green energy or environmental protection and get back to 19th and 20th Century versions of coal, oil and nuclear.

The cornerstone of Tim Hudak’s reckless agenda includes new powers for the Minister of Energy and / or municipalities to retroactively violate terms of signed contracts.  Those powers include sections permitting the outright “reconsideration of contracts” and draconian powers allowing them to unilaterally: “alter the terms and conditions of a renewable energy approval after it is issued; impose new terms and conditions on a renewable energy approval; or suspend or revoke a renewable energy approval.”  (source: PC Million Jobs Act)

These unprecedented powers are in addition to changes that would give the Minister absolute power to violate existing contracts and “prohibit the connection of the renewable energy source” to the power grid. That section alone exposes the province to up to $20 billion in contract penalties.

When asked about the PC plans to cancel renewable energy contracts, the PC MPP for Lambton-Kent-Middlesex, Monte McNaughton was forced to admit: “clearly there will be a cost associated with that.”  (source: Monte McNaughton,cleanbreak.ca, January 5, 2014) 

To date Tim Hudak has refused to reveal how many billions he has set aside for lawsuits and settlements. 

“The Hudak scheme to cancel renewable energy contracts is irresponsible and shows a naive understanding or a malicious approach to both the energy sector and the basic rules of contract law,” said Liberal MPP Bob Chiarelli.  “It will cost billions, kill thousands of jobs in the energy sector and hurt our economy.”

It is disrespectful of opponents of wind and solar  projects because it is calculated to mislead them into believing that 255 existing mutually enforceable  contracts  at various stages of development can be unilaterally cancelled by the government.

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2 responses to “Hudak’s Anti-Renewable Energy Promises Put Province on Hook for Tens of Billions of Dollars

  1. Ms Wynne constantly fails to elaborate on the role she played in all the corruption where, not “A” billion but, billions were passed out like manna from heaven to consultants who accomplished absolutely nothing and to CEOs of government companies like Qrange who used the assets to expand his “OWN” private empire. Then the gas plant scandlal ………If she knows NOTHING about all this corruption ….then one might ask WHERE The hell was she when all these deals were being put in the works??????? Where were you is a good question as you were supposed to be looking after the rights and welfare of the tax paying citizens of Ontario?? Have you NOT been doing your job for the past decade just sitting on your butt and counting your salary???

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  2. Not much difference between the Liberals, PCs or NDP. I’m hoping the GPO will be a breath of fresh air. The GPO is fielding candidates in each of Ontario’s 107 ridings with the following platform:
    1. Focus on your job by lowering payroll taxes for small businesses
    2. Get you home faster by paying for the transit infrastructure we need
    3. Invest in your home to help you save money by saving energy
    4. Improve your children’s education by merging the public and separate school boards
    5. Make good on our promises to address child poverty
    6. Give young adults a chance to contribute to our world
    7. Putting your food and water first by protecting farmland and water
    8. Getting our fair share by making industry pay a fair price for our shared resources
    9. Restore your confidence that our communities & natural heritage will not be damaged by development
    Makes sense to me! #LetMikeSpeak #FoodAndWaterFirst #ProtectOurWater

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