Minister adds turbulence to wind debate
On Tuesday, Progressive Conservative energy critic John Yakabuski proposed it be sent to committee for analysis - as a much less complicated piece of energy legislation had in the past - so second-reading debate could be more informed and productive.
Predictably, even a reasonable request got a sneering slap-down from Smitherman.
"I do apologize to the member if the matter at hand has caught him off guard and it's too complex for him to be able to participate in the legislative debate," he said.
February 27, 2009
by Jim Coyle
in The Star
In some parts of Ontario, folks are understandably edgy about being trampled in the provincial government's stampede to the brave new world of windmill power.
For them, the performance this week by the minister in charge of installing the twirling green giants can hardly have eased the mind.
Unhappily, George Smitherman has rarely seen a discussion he wouldn't sooner turn into a brawl.
Property owners with wind turbines in their neighbourhood's future have already been dismissed by the minister of energy and infrastructure (and the premier) as NIMBYs to be swept expeditiously aside.
Patricia Spindel is one of those offended by the insults.... [continue via Web link]