AG reveals total cost of Liberal gas-plant scandal $1.1 billionOctober 8, 2013
QUEEN’S PARK — Today, the Auditor General revealed the Liberals’ politically motivated decision to cancel the Oakville and Mississauga gas plants cost Ontarians more than a billion dollars, Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Michael Harris said.
“We now know that Ontarians are on the hook for as much as $1.1 billion to cover the cost of the Liberals’ gas-plant scandal, despite more than a year of Liberal claims that the cost to cancel the Oakville plant was just $40 million,” Harris said.
As recently as her appearance at Justice Committee on April 30, 2013, Premier Kathleen Wynne was telling Ontarians the cost of cancelling the Oakville power plant was $33 million. (To see video of the testimony please use the following link: http://cl.ly/1u3Q0T183S23).
However, the Auditor General reported today the Liberals spent $675 million to cancel the Oakville gas plant and that they will likely have to pay another $140 million on delivering gas to a new power plant in Napanee, near Kingston. These costs along with the $275-million price tag to cancel the Mississauga gas plant bring the total to $1.09 billion.
The Auditor General pointed out that the Liberals could have renegotiated its contract with TransCanada for the Oakville gas plant at no cost to Ontarians, but they, instead, chose to fork over hundreds of millions of dollars to cancel the project before the election.
“Instead of prioritizing the interests of Ontarians, the Liberals prioritized their own political survival by spending more than a billion dollars to save five Liberal seats in a general election,” Harris said.