Hudak's Hydro Policies Will Kill Jobs

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 jobs.

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 and grow."
- 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 ignore."
- 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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