Conservative MPPs Vote Against Moving Ontario Towards 21st Century Green Economy

    TORONTO, May 14 /CNW/ - Today, the Ontario Conservative Caucus stood in
the way of providing opportunities for farmers, community groups, schools and
companies looking to invest in green energy. They've said no to green economic
opportunities for manufacturing and skilled labour, programs to ensure that a
portion of project costs associated with community renewable energy projects
can be recovered and continuing plans to eliminate coal-fired power by 2014.
    While paying lip service to the need for sustainable green energy,
Conservative MPPs voted against the Green Energy Act's third and final
reading. This bill leads to green energy creation and the Conservatives voted
to deny municipalities the opportunity to build, own and operate their own
renewable energy projects. Notably missing from the vote were the four PC
leadership contenders.
    As a result of consultations with stakeholders and the public, the Green
Energy Act is making Ontario North America's renewable energy leader while
creating a culture of conservation. The Act is assisting homeowners,
government, schools and industry to embrace lower energy use while providing
opportunities for municipalities and communities to build, own and operate
their own renewable energy projects.
    "The Green Energy Act will truly set us on the path to a 21st century
green economy for Ontario, one that is sustainable, easy on the environment,
and focused on the jobs of the future. We'll be working hard to ensure Ontario
gets every benefit possible from renewable energy and from the efficiency and
savings that come from developing a culture of conservation," said George
Smitherman, Deputy Premier and Minister of Energy & Infrastructure.

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