Price tag for Liberal gas plant fiasco at least $640 millionSeptember 25, 2012
QUEEN’S PARK – McGuinty Liberal MPP John Milloy and his government need to answer to local taxpayers in Waterloo Region for their politically motivated and outrageously costly decision to cancel and relocate the Oakville and Mississauga gas plants, Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Michael Harris said today.
Harris made the comments after the McGuinty Liberals were forced to release thousands of internal-government documents (many of which were blacked-out or missing) that revealed taxpayers’ are on the hook for a minimum of $450-million for the cancellation of the Oakville plant – all because the Liberals were desperate to cling to power and were afraid of losing one seat in the 2011 General Election.
“We know now that the cost for cancelling the power plant in Oakville, along with the one in Mississauga, is at least a staggering $640 million – and counting,” Harris said. “That’s money that could have gone toward local hospitals, schools, roads and bridges as opposed to saving Liberal MPP backsides.”
“Instead, tax dollars have been thrown away because of the McGuinty chose saving their own seats over the good of Ontario. This is just another example of the gross incompetence the Liberals show toward managing complex files like energy, the economy and job creation,” Harris added.
The PCs have fought on behalf of Ontarians for several months to hold McGuinty Liberals accountable for withholding the truth on the Liberal power plant cover-up. In response, the Liberals used every trick in the book to continue to hide and cover up the documents that exposed their secret deals and politically motivated decisions.
Harris said that “not only are the McGuinty Liberals still trying to hide the true cost of cancelling these gas plants, but there’s also reason to believe that Energy Minister Chris Bentley has failed to provide all documents requested by Members of Provincial Parliament.”
The documents that were released failed to include any correspondence between officials from the Liberal Party of Ontario and officials at the Ministry of Energy and the Ontario Power Authority.
Harris concluded that “the costs of these cancelled plants continue to rise, at the taxpayers’ expense. We may not know the true costs for years, but it is clear that the figures provided by the government are absolute nonsense.”