Milloy must apologize for misleading statements on cancelled gas plantsOctober 15, 2012
QUEEN’S PARK — Liberal MPP John Milloy must apologize for repeatedly misleading Ontarians on the Liberals’ seat-saver decision to cancel the Mississauga and Oakville gas plants and immediately release any additional documents, Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Michael Harris said today.
Milloy, MPP for Kitchener-Centre, admitted that he had provided inaccurate statements in the House, claiming that the Liberal government had released “every single document” requested by the Estimates Committee for its investigation into the Liberals’ seat-saver program.
“Today’s admission by the Liberal House Leader confirms what I said three weeks ago: that the Liberal government was still withholding documents detailing the Liberals’ cancellation of these two power plants,” Harris said today.
“Still, Dalton McGuinty, Chris Bentley and John Milloy all stood in the House and said that every single document had been tabled, but we know that wasn’t true,” Harris said. “We now have 20,000 more documents released late last Friday – some of which are again redacted and whited out. Ontarians deserve to have answers on how much of their money was wasted saving Liberal seats in the GTA, but they first deserve an apology from Mr. Milloy.”
Under the threat of contempt of parliament, the Liberal government initially released 36,000 pages of documents on Sept. 24, with hundreds of redactions and no emails from the former or current Energy Minister.
Still, that didn’t stop Milloy from telling the media on Sept. 25 that “there was absolutely nothing redacted,” and that “every single document has been provided.”
Then, on Oct. 12 the Liberal government released another 20,000 pages — again incomplete, redacted and whited out.
“Ontarians want to get to the bottom of this. They want to know how much of their hard-earned tax dollars were wasted on the Liberals’ selfish decision to spend upwards of over a billion dollars just to save five Liberal seats.”
The McGuinty Liberals have until October 25 to start the investigation, but are able to begin the proceedings earlier. The Committee must report back to the Legislature by November 19.