Progressive Conservatives Want Municipalities to Hold Veto Power over Energy Projects
Communities in Windsor, Ontario were promised recently by their Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak that he will reinstate full power veto that the regions once held over any energy projects happening on their grounds.
The promise is part of Hudak’s campaign that will return Conservatives into office in Ontario.
As it stands now, the Green Energy Act permits the province’s power authorities to simply stop any new energy projects launched by politicians in their tracks. Hudak stated that this practice is an abuse of the country’s democratic process, and that it is clearly demonstrated by the spreading of wind farms in the province’s rural regions, a move that was fervently contested by most of the local farmland owners to absolutely no avail.
Hudak continued that the Green Energy Act effectively takes all powers away from the democratically elected government representatives, and then hands that power into the hands of the power authority which may not represent the province’s or people’s best interest, instead often furthering some sort of a bureaucratic agenda.
The nominee also added that he is in no way against green energy, and that he simply thinks that imposing renewable energy structures on the lands of people who do not want them is ethically wrong. He stated that despite complaints from local farmers that the wind turbines cause nose bleeds and extreme headaches, the power authorities’ experts announced that those claims were scientifically groundless.
Hudak continued that while he wants to explore the province’s green energy opportunities, his first and most important aim is to put a dent in Ontario’s provincial debt, a fact that his opponent current Premier Dalton McGuinty seems to ignore.
Hudak also accuse the current administration on supporting dubious health care practices that he stated was simply a gateway for McGuinty’s office to lay off countless nurses and close down ERs during peak hours. He added that mass amounts of provincial funds can be saved by simply abolishing some of the reforms that McGuinty has put in place in the health care system during his term.
There are $200 million currently circulating the province’s health care system, and the province’s deficit borders the $20 billion mark.
Hudak announced that he simply wants a better future for his province which stands the risk of doubling that deficit by next year, if some drastic changes are not implemented soon.