“Gas Plant Closure Documents” now available for viewing at Tom Adam’s website.

Posted: February 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

The third release of documents related to the Gas Plant Closure’s that enabled McGuinty’s Liberals to squeak through the last election with a minority Government by “buying” two seats in Mississauga and Oakville.

If anyone wants to read the actual documents that are being reported today you can now go to Tom Adam’s  site where they are listed in PDF format at the bottom of his brief explanation of what to expect.

It appears Dalton McGuinty didn’t show one bit of care  in ensuring any protection of the public interest in his decision making process on these costly moves which in the end could cost US over 1.3 Billion dollars with nothing to show for it other than “2 years of lame duck governance”!

For some background leading up to this you may want to read the following:

Here’s the kind of Companies McGuinty hires to build gas plants!………..rather “shaky”?
Want to know what’s in the 20,000+ docs on Vapour Gas Plants?…………..”bring in the Mounties”!!!!!
Bentley and McGuinty state Oakville Gas Plant move to cost us $40 million…….. analyst explains why it’s over $700,000,000.00!!!
Bentley tells Onatrio Citizens it will “only cost 40 mill to move Oakville Gas Plant” …………. that figure could actually be over $700 Million!
McGuinty won’t appear in gas plant “vote buying move” inquiry, but Brad Duguid will be his “fill-in”!
McGuinty’s Gas Plant decisions were “crisis management at it’s worse”!
McGuinty’s Energy Minister about to be ruled “in contempt” as McGuinty “refuses to release” gas plant documents
Mississauga abandoned Gas Plant should be McGuinty’s epitaph to the “Death of Ontario”
Here’s McGuinty’s “excuse” for not exposing details of gas-plant-move yet………..”Just more BS”?

Now go to the following link to see today’s ongoing developments that are now the property of Premier designate Kathleen Wynne’s and Minster of Energy Chiarelli. Notice that Dalton McGuinty is NOT present at Queen’s Park, even though he still holds a seat in Parliament. Maybe he feels a bit of “heat”!

Gas Busters Part 23: FOI Documents Reveal McGuinty’s Gas Plant Oversight

21 February 2013, 8:17 pm

Over the course of 2012 from the beginning of January through to October 1, the Ontario’s then Premier McGuinty and his office were supervising one of the key files of his entire period of leadership–the cancelled west GTA gas plants and their relocation.

The issue was hot. Outraged constituents were bombarding him with complaints. The media and opposition were hounding him. His officials were negotiating 20 year contracts with the jilted developers for relocating plants once committed for Mississauga and Oakville. The amount of public money at stake eventually added up to what McGuinty has claimed is $230 million (Gas Busters readers will know how deficient I consider that figure).

In November, I filed a Freedom of Information request to see what the Premier saw and wrote about both the Mississauga and Oakville power plants. My request specified documents from 2012. All of the documents so far on the public record about the gas plant relocation arise from the Estimates Committee motion for disclosure which specified documents from 2010 and 2011.

The resulting disclosure, issued by Cabinet Office on the first day of Kathleen Wynne’s fresh premiership, reveal a total absence of due diligence.

The attached package starts with my original request, followed by exchanges with the FOI administrators, followed by the documents finally released to me.

The released documents are a total of 88 pages. The first two documents are versions of a Memorandum of Understanding with TransCanada. After that, the released documents are a series of opinion summaries, talking points, media scrum transcripts, news clippings, and press releases.

In the middle of the package, there is an eight page undated document called “Backgrounder — Costs of Relocation of the Mississauga Gas Plant”. The document is designed to prop up the argument that the cost of relocation was $180 million. McGuinty’s team later admitted that the cost was $190 million. Some of the key financial issues associated with the relocation, such as the windfall to Eastern Power arising from the gas management cost advantage resulting from the relocation, are ignored. However, one important point that has not been addressed so far in the public debate to my knowledge is addressed on the last page. The last page notes that Eastern Power presented an early offer to settle at a lower cost. Minister Bentley’s indecision appears to have escalating costs to consumers, and issue I hope to explore in future editions of the Gas Buster series.


  1. I have the 600 pages that all the media were talking about today and will have those posted to http://www.tomadamsenergy.com ASAP. My posting today about documents from the Premier’s Office is above and beyond what has been released so far. All of the official releases so far have provided only information from 2010 and 2011. My new information is documents from 2012. The new information reveals either that McGuinty was completely clueless or that Wynne’s office is covering up for him.

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