Hudak's Energy Policies "a colossal blow"

TORONTO, May 12 /CNW/ - For the second consecutive day, 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:

"The ignorance of some of our politicians is remarkable. Tim Hudak calls the deal with Samsung odious and in the same breath admits in the article he has not read the contract. He has no idea what he is talking about. You do not attract business to your country, large or small — and all the jobs that go along with it — by vowing to kill them."

  • Joshua Pearce, Mechanical and Materials Engineering Professor, Queen's University

"You're leaving businesses who have redeveloped their plans up in the air and it just creates a lot of uncertainty in a sector that's trying to find the next generation of manufacturing output. There's been a wide amount of agreement that the green sector provides long-term stable jobs that can supply and maintain new forms of electrical output."

  • Walter Sendzik, President, St. Catharines-Thorold Chamber of Commerce

"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."

"Hudak's own solutions offered no comfort because they were so vague, incomplete and poorly explained."

"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."

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 Ontario Liberal Party

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