There has not been a lot of commentary here by me on Ontario provincial politics, but that will change, as the Ontario election draws nearer. I’m going to comment today on Conservative leader Tim Hudak apparently deciding that an “anti-green” agenda is going to win him votes and power in Ontario.
I’ve never thought the Mcguinty government’s Green Energy Act was perfect – but I certainly don’t think you should be destroying it or scrapping it. I think it makes much more sense in trying to fix any flaws - particularly when destroying it may cost millions to billions in penalties for doing so. Tim Hudak admits he isn’t aware of what the cost of those penalties would be, but still insists he wants to kill it.
It will be particularly interesting to see how Hudak’s vow to kill this will play in ridings where factories and plants are being built to build the components for these new wind turbines. In my riding for instance, the riding of Oxford (which is a long held Conservative bastion provincially as it has been federally), Samsung is building a new plant and hiring people in the town of Tillsonburg. This is an area that has still not fully recovered from its primary staple tobacco taking a big hit, and where the car plants based in Woodstock have taken a bit of a slide. A new plant like this with a new industry like this is a big boon to this area, but it will be one of those towns who will take a big hit if Hudak is elected to government and follows through on his vow.
I was going to ask how local Progressive Conservative MPP Ernie Hardeman feels about his leader potentially jeopardizing his seat over this pledge, but I already got my answer via Warren – he isn’t particularly happy about it. That’s good – I give Ernie credit for that. Local residents here and elsewhere need to keep asking about this rather shortsightedness on Hudak’s part.