Last week at the Ontario Legislature, Progressive Conservative Energy Critic John Yakabuski put forward a motion requesting that the Ontario government reveal the details of its controversial $7 Billion dollar Green Energy agreement with Samsung. The Liberals voted the deal remain concealed, whichwindconcernsontario suggests prevents analysis of the ”long-term impact on business and Ontario families who will end up paying for it.”
Yakabuski shot back at the Liberals, suggesting “[t]he Samsung deal was perfectly in keeping with this government’s and this Ministry’s completely irresponsible handling of Ontario’s energy system…the government surprised the public, the entire energy sector and even their own cabinet by signing this secret deal with Samsung.”
Despite the government’s decision to keep the agreement details clandestine, McGuinty caved in, admitting that the Samsung deal carried no Ontario job guarantees despite being a $427 million dollar subsidy.
The lack of any job guarantee within the Samsung deal is, in itself, a huge blow to McGuinty’s Green Energy Act, as job production has been used to justify it since the onset. If this already-damaging detail is considered by the Liberals to be small enough to be revealed, while wanting to keep the rest of the agreement concealed, who knows what other dirty secrets could remain. The McGuinty government chose to look like they were keeping secrets rather than reveal them. This suggests that concealed details are more damaging than appearing completely non-transparent. This is a disturbing trend.
The McGuitny government’s handling of energy policy has increasingly become its own self-made Achilles heel. The past few months of revelations have given Progressive Conservative Tim Hudak a vast array of political fodder to fling at the left, and he intends to take full advantage. The Liberals need to see some positives emerge from their controversial Green Energy Act, or Ontario could be ready to give the Progressive Conservatives another chance come 2011.
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