Money wasted on cancelling gas plants could buy two Hwy. 7sOctober 3, 2012
QUEEN’S PARK — Today, Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Michael Harris called out the Premier and Kitchener-Centre MPP John Milloy for choosing to spend $650 million on cancelling gas plants in the GTA to save Liberal seats, instead of investing that money into critical infrastructure projects, like the expansion of Highway 7, which is now more than 20 years overdue.
“After promising to build Highway 7 five years ago, the Premier forced Mr. Milloy to shelve the project just a month after the Liberal government cancelled the Oakville power plant,” Harris said. “Now, a year after Mr. Milloy said he’d ‘continue to advocate for Highway 7,’ he’s drop the issue to spend each and every day in the House, defending the Premier’s selfish seat-saver program.”
Although the Liberal government didn’t include Highway 7 in its 10-year infrastructure plan, which was released less than a year after the project was cancelled, the Liberals promised to build the road yet again in the Kitchener-Waterloo byelection.
“Clearly, the Liberals promised to build Highway 7 again only to win votes. Thank Heavens there wasn’t a power plant in Kitchener-Waterloo to cancel because I’m sure we’d be another $650 million in debt if there was,” Harris said.
The money the Liberals wasted on cancelling the Mississauga and Oakville power plants could have paid for two Highway 7 expansions and there’d still be $50 million left over.
“The Liberals’ seat-saver decision, which Dwight Duncan admitted was made when the Liberal Party was down in the polls last year, shows this government will stop at nothing to buy an election,” Harris said.
“John Milloy and his government need to answer to local taxpayers in Waterloo Region for their politically motivated and outrageously costly decision to cancel the Oakville and Mississauga gas plants. I hope they’ll do the right thing and at least apologize to Ontarians for betraying their trust and wasting their hard-earned tax dollars.”