McGuinty Liberals' Homegrown Green Energy Policies Bringing Jobs And Investment To Rural Ontario



    New Liberal Ad Features Change That's Working

    PORT BURWELL, ON, Aug. 17 /CNW/ - The Ontario Liberal Party has launched
another commercial in its "Change That's Working" series of television ads.
The latest one features Mayor Lynn Acre of the municipality of Bayham,
Ontario, who speaks about how the McGuinty Liberals' Buy Ontario green energy
and agriculture policies are strengthening rural communities.
    Renewable energy and conservation programs had lain fallow in northern
and rural Ontario since the NDP eliminated them in favour of fuel stocks from
outside the province like coal. Burning coal grew a further 127% under the
Conservatives.
    But since the McGuinty Liberals took power in 2003, they have revived
rural Ontario by providing over $1 billion in special additional farm support
programs and making investments in green technologies that have helped farmers
to find new sources of revenue.
    "Dalton, I'm glad to see that you have recognized the potential and
viability of rural communities and their importance to the province - so keep
going," says Mayor Acre in the ad.
    Last year, the McGuinty Liberals announced the opening of the Erie Shores
Wind Farm. This $186 million investment on the north shore of Lake Erie
includes 66 turbines that generate enough electricity to power over 25,000
homes.
    The McGuinty Liberals' renewable energy policies are triggering an
investment of $4.5 billion in the provincial economy. This includes over
$2.5 billion in large wind projects in rural Ontario, and $1 billion in wind
and solar projects through the North American-leading standard offer program.
    Just four years ago, none of this investment in rural Ontario was taking
place. Now, rural Ontario is a leader in Canada in wind energy and will be
home to one of the largest solar power projects in the world.
    The McGuinty Liberals' $520 million Ontario Ethanol Growth Fund is
supporting the production of ethanol fuel in Ontario. Building a domestic
ethanol industry in Ontario could lead to private-sector investments of up to
$500 million in rural Ontario and create as many as 400 jobs.
    Investments in renewable energy sources are just one part of the McGuinty
Liberals' strategy for supporting rural communities like Port Burwell, which
also includes:

    
    -   Providing 119 economic development projects with more than
        $33 million in provincial support with a total investment of over
        $204 million since 2003
    -   Investing $12.5 million in a "Pick Ontario Freshness" strategy to
        raise consumer awareness and promote the consumption of food produced
        in Ontario
    -   Introduced a Renewable Fuels Standard, requiring 5% ethanol content
        in gasoline by January 1, 2007 and created a $520 million Ontario
        Ethanol Growth Fund.
    -   Increased rural school board funding by $590 million
    -   Invested $57 million specifically for the unique needs of small and
        rural hospitals
    





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