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Hot Air over Hot Gas Plants

li-620-mcguinty-cp04394107The former Premier of Ontario has fallen his sword; Dalton McGuinty is taking the blame for the high cost of moving the two Gas Plants that ultimately saved Liberal seats in the Ontario 2011 election and all for  ‘saving the children’.

In his testimony before committee in Queens Park today, McGuinty claimed it was his decision to halt the construction of Oakville and Mississauga plants.  While the decision to stop the plants was made very quickly, the process to allow this construction is a long and arduous one with public consultations.  Throughout the consultations the government was told, “Do not build here”, but yet they plowed ahead and started construction.  The government throughout the consultative process ignored the calls for the safety of children in Oakville and Mississauga.  But when it came to the safety of their government, the Liberals trumped the children.

While it is convenient for Dalton to take the blame, there is advice given and opinions offered before a decision is made.  During a campaign the ‘team’ kicks in and plots the steps the campaign takes.  In the case of the cancellation of Gas Plants, many voices would have a say.  We deserve to know who spoke on this issue; this is NOT a one man decision.

The Ontario Taxpayer is now on the hook for a $600 Million charge to re-elect Liberal MPPs (and move gas plants).  The responsibility cannot and should not end there.  Ontario does not have the spare $600 million sitting around for ‘emergencies’ like this.  This type of on-going fiscal management would not keep any of us in a position of a Financial Manager or a Chief Financial Officer – the Liberals must be held accountable for this $600 Million and the other Billions lost at the hands of Dalton McGuinty and the Ontario Liberals.

Nice “sword act” today Mr. McGuinty but it is not enough.

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Gone? Not Really…

I cannot say I was surprised by the announcement by Premier McGuinty to resign last night.  When I saw the first tweet from Toronto Star Queens Park reporter Robert Benzie just after 6pm I knew the end was only a few minutes away.  Nor am I surprised that Queens Park will be prorogued, you see McGuinty doesn’t really want to leave.  So now he is gone, but not really…

This move makes it easier for him to stay and work without having to report to anyone.  He will not report to the Opposition MPP’s because Queens Park will remain dark until who knows when.  McGuinty will not have to report to the voters of Ontario because by the time there is another election he’ll be gone (for real).

The moves last night are merely another way that the Ontario Liberal Party will control the message and the Parliament of Ontario.  With QP closed for business the government will no longer be held to task for the Gas Plant closure, ORNGE, eHealth, the deficit and lack of Job Creation plans.  For the present time, no longer will the government have to face any consequences for their actions.

Hopes that the Lt-Gov. of Ontario will deny the prorogation are slim.  Both the PC Party of Ontario and the Ontario NDP have asked for the legislature to remain sitting to deal with the important issues facing this government and Ontarians.  The move made last night was a selfish move on the part of the Ontario Liberal Party to remain in power and continue to control the message and the direction of the government.  I am not sure they noticed, but the direction they have been taking Ontario is not the right path for a prosperous Ontario.

In Ottawa Centre and across this province the message will be of a better, growing and healing Ontario under a Tim Hudak PC Government.  Whether it comes tomorrow, two months or in 6 months, I and all my PC Party Colleagues will continue to bring to voters the PC Party Paths of Prosperity.  So while as long as Dalton McGuinty remains at the helm of Ontario for at least another 5 months Ontario remains at the mercy of the waste of billions of tax dollars that this government has orchestrated.

I am looking forward to continuing to knock on doors in Ottawa Centre and bring a message that “Yes, Ontario can lead again”.  Step 1 has been taken by the Premier, Step 2 will come, but not until the Ontario Liberal Party feels they are truly ready to face voters of Ontario.

But alas, Ontario will not truly be ready to be a leader in Canada until McGuinty is REALLY gone as is the Liberal Party of Ontario as the governing party.

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