Ontario’s Premier Defends Decision To Opt For Nuclear Reactors Over Water Power

TVO’s Paikin, Premier Wynne Wynne & Ontario Clean Air Alliance’s Couillard discuss Quebec water power

A News Release from the Ontario Clean Air Alliance, a province-wide ctizens group

Posted December 30, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Why hasn’t Ontario signed a deal for power purchases from Quebec?

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne stubbornly stands by plans to spend billions refurbishing old nuclear reactors over simply buying clean water power from neighbouring Quebec. Why?

That was the question host Steve Paikin asked the premiers of Canada’s two most populous provinces during the Mowat Centre’s Confederation of Tomorrow 2.0 conference held just before the holidays.

Paikin pointed out that the Ontario Clean Air Alliance continues to push Ontario to choose low-cost water power from Quebec over high cost nuclear rebuilds, and he pressed the Premiers for a response.

Premier Wynne waffled, acknowledging that Quebec has plenty of power to spare, yet defended her decision to spend tens of billions rebuilding old reactors as the “responsible” choice.

Wynne however failed to explain what exactly is “responsible” about keeping a 46-year-old nuclear station operating in the heart of our largest urban area, or how rebuilding aging reactors at three-times the cost of importing water power is good fiscal management. But she did insist that any deal with Quebec “has to be a good deal.” That is a responsible standard her government clearly isn’t applying to nuclear rebuilds.

For his part, Quebec Premier Couillard was very clear that he would welcome a deal with Ontario, noting that “We have huge amounts of power available” and adding “we don’t need to build new dams,” busting two myths beloved by nuclear special interests.

On the bright side, Premier Wynne noted that “Actually, I think we’re in the throes of working on another [deal with Quebec]. I am not adverse in any way.” 

For the sake of Ontario’s beleaguered electricity consumers, let’s hope Premier Wynne’s New Year’s resolutions include a strong commitment to getting that deal done.

You can watch the full interview here. Skip to the 25 minute mark to listen to the power import discussion.

Please email Premier Wynne and ask her to negotiate a deal with Quebec which will lower our electricity bills by reducing our dependency on high-cost nuclear power.

Thank you. -Angela Bischoff, Outreach Director, Ontario Clean Air Alliance

P.S. Watch our 2-minute video with OCAA Chair Jack Gibbons and me about why Ontario should sign a deal with Quebec for low-cost water power. And have a Happy New Year!

To find out more about the Ontario  Clean Air Alliance and its public advocacy work, click onhttp://www.cleanairalliance.org/ ,

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3 responses to “Ontario’s Premier Defends Decision To Opt For Nuclear Reactors Over Water Power

  1. Economics according to Wynne: if it benefits her corporate friends if is the correct decision. Reaching a reasonable deal for electricity with the Province of Quebec may benefit the people of Ontario at the expense of reduced profits for the Ontario corporations.


  2. If that is the case and I watched that video, along with the decision of the Governor of New York State to completely eliminate Nuclear and buy water power from Quebec if needed, then my opinion has been verified beyond any doubt the Liberal and Conservative Governments in this Country are ttally dominated, controlled and “OWNED’ by the Corporate conglomerate. “Jesus” once cast the money lenders from the House of God and these Politicians are in the true sense of the word worse than Money lenders for they are also liars and Thieves.


  3. In North America waffling means “fail to make up one’s mind”….and the Premier obviously could not be accused of that.

    In British it means “speak or write, especially at great length, without saying anything important or useful”. And she didn’t do that either. She spoke succinctly on the subject making it clear that she had heard and considered the Clean Air Alliance’s concerns and by implication was not following their recommendations because she knew them to be wrong.

    Waffling was used here by Angela to try and corrupt the opinion of people that do not go to the trouble of watching the interview.

    It is also important to her that people do not read about energy in the province because the facts they find would mess with her story as well. Try reading the Province’s Long Term Energy Plan (LTEP) (https://files.ontario.ca/books/ltep2017_0.pdf) if you want more information. Just please don’t take Angela’s account as accurate until you check for yourself.

    The Premier has to secure reliable power for the Province when we need it. A good deal with Quebec would need to promise that, not just power but power when we need it. While Quebec has plenty of hydro capacity its ability to produce at any given moment depends on the availability of water. And its ability to supply to Ontario would depend on transmission capacity and demand from Quebec and other customers.

    The nuclear plants, delivering 50-60% of the power in the Province are predictable in their availability and guarantee that when you want power you can have it.


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