Essar Steel Algoma Strengthening The Chain Of A Clean-Energy Economy
SAULT STE. MARIE, ON, Sept. 15, 2011 /CNW/ - Only the Ontario Liberals
are committed to building a clean-energy economy — a plan that is
creating jobs for families in Northern Ontario.
"Building Ontario wind turbines with Northern Ontario steel is a great
example of how our new clean-energy economy is working — reaching all
corners of Ontario to deliver good jobs for families and making us more
competitive," said Premier Dalton McGuinty.
The Premier made his remarks following a tour of Essar Steel Algoma —
the largest employer in Sault Ste. Marie. The company manufactures 100
per cent made-in-Ontario steel that is being used to build wind towers
for turbines. This is supporting jobs in Sault Ste. Marie and a direct
result of the Ontario Liberal commitment to a clean-energy economy.
Thanks to the Ontario Liberal Green Energy Act, Essar Steel Algoma has
seen increased demand for their product. They're getting orders from
companies like Vestas, CS Wind and International Power Canada to supply
steel for wind projects throughout Ontario. That's great news for
workers and their families in Sault Ste. Marie.
"We're the number-one producer of cars in North America because, not
only do we build the best cars, we build the best parts. Now we're
doing the same thing in clean-energy," McGuinty said. "Our clean-energy
economy is attracting new investments, and our workers are building the
best materials to support it."
"Our leading-edge renewable energy strategy is transforming Sault Ste.
Marie into the green energy capital of North America and building a
stronger, more diversified economy by supporting jobs at Essar Steel
Algoma and creating high quality, well-paying jobs at new companies,
such as Heliene Canada solar panel manufacturing plant," said Liberal
candidate David Orazietti. "In addition to positioning the Sault at the
forefront of the rapidly growing clean energy economy, the Ontario
Liberal plan builds on the environmental protections that are improving
public health as we continue to close coal-fired power generators."
The Hudak PCs have a $14 billion hole in their platform — that means
deep cuts that will put our economy, education and health care at
risk. When Tim Hudak was Northern Development Minister in the Mike
Harris government, he helped the PCs download $3 billion in costs onto
cities and towns, causing property tax hikes and massive cuts to public
The Horwath NDP would introduce a crushing $9 billion in job-killing
taxes, eliminating these green jobs. They would impose a moratorium on
development north of 51, which would kill the Ring of Fire and destroy
jobs in every Northern community. Both would take Ontario off track at
the worst time.
SOURCE Ontario Liberal Party
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