TORONTO, Sept. 26, 2011 /CNW/ -
Mr. Tim Hudak
Room 381, Main Legislative Building
Toronto ON M7A1A8
Dear Mr. Hudak,
In response to your open letter sent to Premier McGuinty earlier this
morning, rather than wasting any more time than necessary on your
fabrications, I prefer to let Steve Thompson of Concerned Homeowners
for Intelligent Power - the group that led the charge against the
Mississauga gas plant - speak to your posturing and hypocrisy, as he
did on CFRB Newstalk 1010 earlier today:
Steve Thompson: We have for the last almost 6-7 years, Mike, been asking the
Conservatives what their position is on this plant? And finally, after
the Liberals decided that they were going to close it, all of a sudden,
miraculously, they come out of the wood work saying we're going to do
this, we're going to do that.
You know what Mike? It's all talk until it actually happens. We have
talked to John Yakabuski, we've talked to, who is the energy critic.
We've got no response from him. Actually, you know what? John
Yakabuski came up with a situation of, and saying yeah okay we don't
have a problem with the one in Oakville, we don't have a problem the
one on Winston Churchill, we don't even have a problem with the one on
Laurlynn Avenue. Because they don't have a plan and they don't
understand what's going on. The IESO is right. The power is not
needed and if the Conservatives want to come out and make a statement
and have a press conference and invite the CHIP members that have been
fighting this for the last 6 years and had a photo-op and tell us face
to face for the first time, ah, in the last 6 years that they're going
to cancel the plant, I'll be thrilled. But until then, all they've
done is hide their head in the sand and not do anything. We had a
member go down when Tim Hudak and Geoff Janocsik's office and
confronted both Tim Hudak and Geoff Janocsik with regards to the power
plant and ignored him.
Host Mike Bullard: Geoff Janocsik, hang on Steve, Geoff Janocsik is the Conservative
running in Mississauga South, sorry go ahead.
Thompson: Against Charles Sousa. And the only one, Mike, as far as I'm concerned
that has actually taken a stand and has been very loyal to the
community - and I'm not, we're not and our group is non-partisan - is
Charles Sousa. The guy has been unbelievable.
Bullard: Is Charles Sousa, ya because he...He has not changed his point of view
on this. He has been extremely supportive of everybody and in the face
of displeasure on the part of his party, he stood up from day 1 and
said he didn't want this plant. This guy is indicative of a - I'm not
giving any support to anybody here - but this guy's indicative of what
I like in a politician. Somebody who took a cut in pay from a private
industry job to run for politics because he saw some things he wanted
Steve: What bothers me the most Mike is the fact that these guys come in and
they want to run against Charles and they want to run against the
Liberals. We're non-partisan. I'm not for the Liberals or for the
Conservative. I have my own views on that, but at the end of the day,
it's what's right and what's wrong. And what's right is what's
happening and what the Liberals are planning on doing. They took a huge
step forward, as far as we're concerned, to get this plant put to bed. (CFRB, September 26, 2011)
Tim, you are - once again - repeating things that you know to be untrue.
This weekend's announcement was to relocate the plant. You acknowledge
that in your open letter this morning, and yet, you insist on publicly
repeating that the contract will be cancelled.
Meanwhile, your staff told the Toronto Sun yesterday that when signed
FIT contracts are in municipalities that would rather not have them,
you will find "some other way to honour the contract." In other words,
2,000 signed FIT contracts are now up for renegotiation.
And despite having access to the contract, you've never come clean with
Ontarians on how much your short-sighted commitment to cancel the
Samsung deal will cost.
If anyone owes an answer to Ontarians about costs being driven up
because of contracts being cancelled, it's you.
Your misrepresentations and outright lies on this campaign - from
calling Canadian citizens "foreign workers" to covering up the $14
billion hole in your platform - are proof that you have no positive
ideas to move Ontario forward (or lead this province).
SOURCE Ontario Liberal Party