Hudak's Energy Policies "a disaster"

TORONTO, May 11 /CNW/ - Rookie PC Leader Tim Hudak's plan to gut the clean energy industry in Ontario and move back towards dirty, coal-fired generation is being criticized across the province:

"It would be hard to believe that anybody would come in and suggest that we're going to turn back the clock on job creation and economic diversification. We all know in this region that the Green Energy Act gave birth to the renewable energy sector in this province, and has created thousands and thousands of jobs."
- Eddie Francis, Mayor of Windsor

"The Conservatives' proposal to kill green energy will be a disaster for human health and the environment. It will mean returning to coal -- the world's most climate-destructive fuel -- and the thousands of illnesses and hundreds of deaths that coal causes in Ontario each year. Doctors are appalled that Mr. Hudak would embrace such an irresponsible plan."
- Gideon Forman, Executive Director, Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment

"(Hudak) walked away from reporters as they pressed him about the message this would send to international investors. Would other off-shore companies want to invest? Hudak had better get his answers down pat when he releases his platform."
- Christina Blizzard, Toronto Sun, May 11, 2011

"(Hudak's plan) would mean, basically, that we would close our factory and leave. It would be a disaster for Windsor."
- Paco Caudet, General Manager, Siliken Group

"He wants to subject the government to potentially billions of dollars worth of lawsuits by breaking FIT contracts, at the same time making Ontario an even less attractive jurisdiction in which to do business, as investor confidence would be all but destroyed. He wants to take away green jobs and green manufacturing that is just beginning to gain momentum in the province."
- Tyler Hamilton, Business Columnist, Toronto Star, posted on cleanbreak.ca

Hudak's only plan is to destroy clean energy jobs and take Ontario back to a time when turning on the lights meant relying on dirty coal.

SOURCE Liberal Caucus Service Bureau

For further information:

Fahim Kaderdina
fkaderdina@liberal.ola.org
416-325-9138


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