The McGuinty government and it's lackeys are trying to say that the opposition parties would have made the same decision he just made with respect to the gas plant in Mississauga . This is an outright attempt to do more than bend the truth, its an outright lie.
The Ontario Liberal Government had awarded contracts to build gas fired plants. They never specified where they should be built nor did they demand any substantial performance bond. Soon after getting the green light to build and supply power to Ontario, one company was unable to secure adequate financing. At the same time the government had awarded another company the go ahead to build another plant, which was to be built in Oakville. That company had the financing and was ready to proceed. The trouble here was the local community objected.
The local Liberal MPPs were under a great deal of pressure. The Ontario Liberal government then stated the plant could not be built in Oakville. There is still a matter of compensation due to the owners of the would be Oakville plant to be negotiated.
The Liberal Government made a decision to let the Mississauga folks go ahead, to avoid having to pay compensation as I guess they felt the company would not be able to obtain the needed financing. It was a gamble, that has turned out costing the Ontario citizens over $190 million. The Ontario NDP said in 2009 there should be a moratorium put in place on new power plants while we look at options and the fact that putting gas plants in heavily populated areas was not a good idea.
Again the Liberals did nothing. They allowed a gas plant to proceed through municipal zoning and approval. They allowed the plant to begin construction. In fact the Liberals missed many opportunities to mitigate the cost of any settlement with their in-action. The provincial election was coming up and the plant was being built. If it was the government's intention to stop the plant, why did they wait so long, adding to overall compensation that would be needed to buy off the company for cancelling the plant?
The Liberals made a mess of it and then decided the best thing to do was wait for the election and then cancel the plant. That provides maximum political advantage. A political decision that has cost you and me 190 million dollars.
Both the opposition parties were opposed to its location. Both would not have allowed it to proceed. Only the government of E-Health and Ornge could have come up with such an undisciplined approach to decision making.