Dalton McGuinty's record on coal

    TORONTO, Sept. 13 /CNW/ - Earlier today the Ontario Liberal Party issued
a press release quoting Dalton McGuinty's minister of energy Dwight Duncan
saying, "Why would anyone want to spend time or taxpayer money on Dickens-era
    Dwight Duncan says, "Quite simply, there is no technology for so-called
clean coal. I'm sure that members opposite will remind me that there's
technology for cleaner coal. ...It just doesn't work." (Hansard, April 24,
    On August 24, 2007, Dalton McGuinty issued a press release that contained
the following statement:

    "Today's $6-million investment will help upgrade Dofasco's steel
    production process by switching to pulverized coal injection (PCI)."

    Switching to coal? $6 million taxpayer dollars?
    Maybe Dwight Duncan should be posing his question to Dalton McGuinty.

    Here are the facts:

    -   In 2003, Dalton McGuinty said "smog kills 1,900 Ontarians every
        year." (Hansard, May 5, 2003)
    -   He promised to close the coal plants by 2007. (Ontario Liberal Party
        2003 Platform, Part 2, page 3)
    -   Dalton McGuinty promised "cleaner air in this province, come hell or
        high water" by 2007. (Hansard, May 5, 2003)
    -   The coal plants are still open and Ontario's air is getting dirtier.
        There have been 128 smog days in the four years since the 2003
        election compared to 113 in the eight years prior to that election.

    2007? 2009? 2014? Dalton McGuinty's repeated promises to close the coal
plants sound increasingly like the promises of a smoker who says he's going to
quit after just one more.

For further information:

For further information: Mike Van Soelen, (647) 722-1760

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