Senator Bob Runicman wants to see a judicial enquiry into Ontario’s green energy act.
The conservative senator was one of four speakers at a public roundtable to discuss the impact of controversial wind turbine projects in Prince Edward County. As Newswatch’s Morganne Campbell reports, the senator says it’s time people stop the green energy madness.
Whether you like them or not, wind and solar panel farms are going up in an area near you. The Liberal government is approving wind and solar farms across the province, most recently here on Amherst Island.
“They continue to approve these wind turbines, they’re doing it in Prince Edward County, they’re doing it on Amherst Island, they’re doing it in Addington Highlands, they’re doing it all across South Western Ontario, it’s not providing a reliable source of electricity and an affordable source.”
The Green Energy Act and the province’s Hydro policy were slammed during a public meeting hosted by MPP Todd Smith in Prince Edward County. About fifty concerned residents from across the region attended the roundtable discussion where Senator Bob Runicman talked about the steps anti-wind turbine groups could take to quash the act …like challenging it in a court of law and calling for a judicial inquiry.
“I think we’ve got to find ways to raise funds to be able to do this and at the very least try and delay it until the next provincial election and hopefully we’ll have a change in government with a different approach.”
Parker Gallant, a writer with the Financial Post and Green Energy Act critic says electricity costs are forcing people to make a tough choice, heat or eat.
“We have just a mess in our electricity sector it’s probably the most complex in all of North America.”
“It’s nothing short of insanity but they continue down that path and we have to fight them with every possible tool available.”
Smith says the green energy act is to blame.
“It’s taken Ontario from having the lowest cost electricity to the highest in North America in just a couple of years.”
“And it’s not only affecting homeowners. Goodyear decided not to expand it’s Napanee location. One of the reasons…rising electricity costs. A recent report from the Ontario Chamber of Commerce suggests that one in 20 Ontario Businesses will close their doors in the next five years due to rising electricity prices. Morganne Campbell CKWS Newswatch Prince Edward County.”