TORONTO, Oct. 5 /CNW/ - Yesterday afternoon the Ministry of the
Environment issued a smog advisory. October 5, 2007 is now smog day number 38
Since records started being kept in 1995, only 2005 had more smog days.
In 2003, Dalton McGuinty boasted about what he called his "unequivocal
commitment to shut down our filthy coal-fired power plants by 2007." He went
on to say:
"Did you know, Mr Speaker, that smog kills 1,900 Ontarians every
year? Did you know that childhood asthma has quadrupled in the last
20 years? Did you know that we had a record 27 smog days in Ontario
last summer? The government says it would like to shut down those
plants by 2015. We say that 2015 is too late, that it's eight years
too late. By 2007, we're going to have cleaner air in this province,
come hell or high water." (Hansard, May 5, 2003)
The fact is Ontario's air is getting dirtier under Dalton McGuinty.
Since the 2003 election, Ontario has had 130 smog days. In the 8 years
prior to that election, Ontario had 113 smog days.
Dalton McGuinty's "unequivocal commitment" turned out to be the exact
opposite as the dates for the coal plants to close changed from 2007 to 2009
to 2011 to - now - one minute before 2015.
Dalton McGuinty can't even get an unequivocal commitment from his caucus
as Liberal MPP Bill Mauro says Dalton McGuinty is wrong to want to close all
the coal plants.
All the while, Dalton McGuinty has done nothing to clean up the
smog-causing pollutants spewing out of the coal-fired coal plants.
Ontario can't afford another four years of a Dalton McGuinty government.
A John Tory government will take immediate action to install clean air
technology on Ontario's coal plants and adopt a realistic plan to replace
dirty coal power with clean alternatives, recognizing that it is irresponsible
to reduce our energy capacity without a plan for its replacement.
For further information:
For further information: Mike Van Soelen, (647) 722-1760