TORONTO, May 19 /CNW/ - The last time a Conservative leader sat at a
kitchen table and promised to save hydro consumers money (Ernie Eves,
November 11, 2002), over $1 billion was added to the hydro debt and
investors confidence in Ontario was shattered, costing the province
As rookie leader Tim Hudak prepares to repeat history, let's review the
near universal attacks he received from last week's reckless promise to
kill thousands of green energy jobs in the province and inflict untold
costs in penalties and a loss of investment confidence.
"Setting up a manufacturing plant is not easy, and you can't just keep
opening and closing them. Business needs long-term stability to prosper
- Paco Caudet, General Manager, Siliken Canada
"There is no question the Green Energy Act and its Feed-in-Tariff
program has made Ontario a leading destination for wind energy
investment in North America and around the world. Stable policy is
critical to ensure we fully capture Ontario's wind energy opportunity.
This industry is right now driving much-needed job creation in places
like Windsor and Niagara while reinvigorating this province's proud
manufacturing tradition. Any failure to respect signed contracts would
cause investors to lose faith in the Ontario market, ultimately putting
jobs and investment at risk at a time when this province needs both."
- Robert Hornung, President, Canadian Wind Energy Assocation
"Mr. Hudak should not be making policy statements that will hurt working
families in Ontario. The Green Energy Act and the Feed-in Tariff (FIT)
program have been drivers that have resulted in several million
person-hours of construction work directly related to green energy
projects across Ontario. This is an important fact that no one can
- John Grimshaw, Executive Secretary-Treasurer, International
Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Construction Council of Ontario
"Our members are announcing long-term plans to do business in Ontario,
opening plants and reviving communities. Ontario's solar manufacturing
industry has grown more in the last year than any other sector of
manufacturing. The result is a stronger province, clean energy and jobs
for people in the communities where they live - often those hardest hit
by the recession."
- Elizabeth McDonald, President, Canadian Solar Industries Association
"Hudak's antiquated attitude toward energy doesn't just stand to harm
the environment. It will be a colossal blow to this region, which is in
the midst of a diversification plan driven by the green energy sector.
Several companies have chosen to locate here thanks to government
incentives, and with each new factory comes jobs -direct and indirect
-and the opportunity to lead the way in cutting-edge research and
development. That would change in an instant if Hudak were able to
fulfil his promise."
- Windsor Star Editorial
"Tearing up a 20-year deal worth $7 billion of private sector
investment, 16,000 jobs and 2,500 megawatts of green power is bad
energy policy and shortsighted economic policy."
- Toronto Star Editorial
SOURCE Ontario Liberal Party
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