The Stratford Beacon Herald
I cannot understand why the current Liberal government of Dalton McGuinty and, in particular, MPP John Wilkinson persist with the rhetoric about the Green Energy Act. It makes no sense. No matter who you are, you cannot pay a high price for a good, such as electricity derived from wind or solar, and sell it for less, unless you are willing to run up the provincial deficit even higher than what it is today or unless you are willing to tax (yes, I usedthenasty t’word)throughrapidlyrising hydro bills. Whether you live in Stratford, Listowel, Mount Forest, or anywhere else for that matter, the end result has to be the same. Why would the leaders of Canada’s most indebted province (Bloomberg News, March 29, 2011) choose to take this path?
But for the sake of argument, let’s humour Mr. McGuinty for a moment, and as Mr. Wilkinson has done, play the environmental card. This makes even less sense. How can you “paint yourself green” by building windmills and solar units when you are dependent upon the weather and need to construct backup power sources such as natural gas plants to sit on standby — just in case the wind doesn’t blow or the sun fails to shine. Duplicate systems — really gentlemen, who thought this stuff up?
If I were a Liberal strategist, I would be trying to hide all this from the voters and distance myself from the Green Energy Act, but perhaps it makes good politics, as did the 2003 and 2007 promises not to raise taxes — an issue to claim and spin to distract the voters from the real needs and concerns of the province.
Mr. Wilkinson and Mr. McGuinty have had their chance. It’s time to step aside.
Dr. Mark Wagner
Salem (Wellington County)