Thompson Calls For Premier to Apologize to Rural Ontario

(Queen’s Park) —Today, in the last day of this legislative session Lisa Thompson, MPP (Huron-Bruce) stood in the Legislature and called on the Premier to apologize for comments she made about some rural Ontario municipalities.

On May 30th in Niagara Falls, the Minister of Energy announced that the Liberal government would be giving municipalities “more say” in renewable energy projects going forward. But two days later, when media spoke to the Premier to see if communities who declared themselves “unwilling hosts” of industrial wind turbines would be considered under this announcement, the Premier said they were “likely out of luck.”

“The Premier needs to do the honourable thing and apologize to rural Ontario municipalities who have declared themselves unwilling hosts of industrial wind turbines,” said Thompson. “Her comments, while disrespectful, show a complete lack of respect for rural municipalities, their communities and constituents.”

Thompson has asked that the Premier issue a formal apology to these municipalities immediately. To date, 43 municipalities have passed resolutions declaring themselves unwilling host communities. She also asked that the Premier apologize for the energy schemes and scandals that are set to drive up energy rates by 40-60%.

“The Premier’s ability to stick the ratepayers with costly energy scandals like the Mississauga and Oakville gas plant cancellations and ongoing green energy schemes is appalling,” said Thompson. “The Premier needs to do the honourable thing, apologize to unwilling host communities for her comments and to the ratepayers for her government’s reckless energy policies.”

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