Expect More Costly Surplus Power Exports: MPP Thompson
For Immediate Release
October 22, 2012
(Queen’s Park)— When Dalton McGuinty prorogued the Legislature on Monday he effectively erased Thompson’s motions for a moratorium on industrial wind turbines in Ontario.
When a legislature is prorogued, all bills, motions, committees and legislative business are null and void. When McGuinty prorogued the legislature, he erased Lisa Thompson’s four motions calling for a moratorium on industrial wind developments until the economic, social, environmental, and health impacts are fully understood.
“I tabled these four motions to stand up for rural Ontarians who are concerned about the impacts of wind turbines on the health of their communities, and now McGuinty and his Liberal government will be making important decisions behind closed doors,” said Thompson. “The people of Ontario deserve a leader who will put their concerns first rather than ignoring their voices and shutting down the provincial legislature.”
In addition to Thompson’s motions, many PC members saw their own private members bills killed by McGuinty’s prorogation. Among those were PC MPP Rob Milligan’s bill to encourage organ and tissue donation, Lisa McLeod’s motion to protect the harness racing industry, Jerry Ouellette’s bill to protect youth in amateur sports, Monte McNaughton’s bill to give municipalities a voice in the development of casinos and gambling facilities in their communities, and Jim Wilson’s Ability to Pay Act, which would ease the financial mess created by the Liberals by changing public sector arbitration policies.
“The PC Party of Ontario has been working tirelessly on these valuable bills and motions to steer our province in a better direction, and it is so disappointing to see the McGuinty Liberals kill all these bills on the floor,” said Thompson. “These are important issues, and we cannot afford to shut the Legislature doors so the Liberal members can campaign for Leader.”
“This is just another example of the Dalton McGuinty and the Liberal Party putting their own political interests ahead of the people of Ontario,” said Lisa Thompson. “He is holding the province hostage to his own Liberal agenda by proroguing at a time when there is so much work to be done.”