Ontario Liberal Clean-Energy Plan Creating 50,000 Jobs

Samco Solar Shows How Auto Manufacturing Expertise Transfers To Clean Energy Economy

TORONTO, Sept. 13, 2011 /CNW/ - The Ontario Liberal Plan has delivered 20,000 new clean-energy jobs for Ontario families and is on track to create 50,000 by the end of 2012, Premier Dalton McGuinty announced today.

"Samco is using the skills and relationships they've built in the auto industry to contribute to the rapidly emerging clean-energy industry," said McGuinty. "It's a great example of how our strong workforce is helping Ontario lead."

Premier McGuinty met clean-energy workers at Samco Solar today in Toronto. Since 2009, more than 30 businesses that have announced new or expanding manufacturing plants. And Samco alone is creating business for 23 suppliers, 95 per cent of which are based in Ontario.

"Samco has created 50 new direct and indirect jobs building mounting systems for solar panels that are now in demand," said McGuinty. "Our plan is building the best educated, highly skilled workforce around — and that's helping to create a clean-energy economy."

"The Ontario Green Energy Act is instrumental in reviving general manufacturing industry in Ontario, which was in decline for many years, and the Ontario government took a leadership role in renewable energy policy in North America," said Joe Repovs, founder and Chairman of Samco Solar. "This bold initiative will put Ontario on the world renewable-energy map and establish it as the leading jurisdiction to generate clean energy where consumed and help provide a healthy environment for our children."

Both opposition parties have said they'd scrap the Ontario Liberal clean energy plan, killing the jobs it's creating. The Hudak PCs $14 billion hole would also mean deep cuts to education, depriving us of the highly skilled workers who attract companies like Samco. The Horwath NDP would introduce a crushing $9 billion in job-killing taxes.  Both would take Ontario off track at the worst time.

"Our bold plan will position Ontario to become North America's biggest manufacturer of clean technology. Only Ontario Liberals have a plan to keep Ontario moving forward, together," said McGuinty.

SOURCE Ontario Liberal Party

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