Thompson Tables Four Motions to Support Wind Turbine Moratorium

(Queen’s Park, September 10, 2012) — Today, on the first day of the Fall Legislative Session, Lisa Thompson, MPP (Huron-Bruce), tabled four separate motions calling for a moratorium on further wind development in Ontario.

Thompson’s motions individually call upon the government to suspend all industrial wind turbine development in the province of Ontario until the federal health study is complete and the results are published and an economic viability study, an environmental impact study and a social health study have been completed.

“When the federal health study was announced, I promised that on the first day of the Fall Session I would stand up and table a motion for a moratorium,” said Thompson. “Instead, I tabled four strong motions calling upon the Liberal government to suspend wind development. It is about time they stood up for the people of rural Ontario who are concerned with the health, economic and environmental impacts of industrial wind turbines.”

Over the summer Ontarians learned that the cancellation of the Mississauga power plant came from the Liberal campaign — not the Liberal government, after they saw they were behind in the polls in the Mississauga and Etobicoke areas. Now the taxpayers are on the hook for the $190 million for scrapping the project and moving it to Sarnia. Finance Minister Dwight Duncan admitted that was not discussed by cabinet until after the election.

“The Liberal government has no problem turning their backs on rural Ontario time and time again,” said Thompson. “In the last election they sacrificed rural votes in favour of urban and this is wrong. Every resident in every region of this province is equally important and it is the government’s responsibility to listen and consider the concerns of all regions. I will not stand by while the McGuinty Liberals continue their assault on rural Ontario. Huron-Bruce Matters and Rural Ontario Matters.”

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Ashley Hammill