Tim Hudak takes a stand against the fraud known as the Green Energy Act and the cause of Hydro rates increasing out-of-reach for most consumers along with ending this disgusting development that is destroying Ontario’s Rural landscapes, YET, two so-called “commentators” have used The Star as their platform to accuse Hudak that his actions will kill jobs!
Flat out BS is being spouted here and the promise of 50,000 green jobs made back in 2009 by Georgey Smitherman and Dalton McGuinty is nothing but more of the same BS!
One may excuse the Union commentator to take this stance as that’s what they do best……………protect their jobs that are subsidized by the Government and of course support the Liberals at the polls so they can continue getting hand-outs from Government (our tax dollars) but to team up with a died-in-the-wool GREENIE who was instrumental in helping push this fraudulent Green Energy Act onto the unwilling backs of honest hard working landowners and workers who are being harmed by this fraud is unforgivable!
Rick Smith ex ED Director
Hopefully this type of rhetoric is taken for what it is……..a last ditch desperate attempt to con the ill-informed and urban populace who don’t really “give a damn” about anyone outside their concrete prison they love to live in and suck up to Kathleen Wynne to prop up her parasitic Government for another round of spend spend spend with no ceiling in sight!
The only thing Green here is the never empty dollar trough being sucked dry by green pigs!
The PC leader’s pledge to end subsidies to wind and solar power would kill thousands of jobs in Ontario’s newest manufacturing sector — green energy.
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Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak’s plan to create new jobs would perversely kill many existing jobs in the green energy sector, write Ken Neumann and Rick Smith.
It’s no secret that Ontario needs to create jobs. Our unemployment rate is too high. But it’s very strange to suggest that job creation can be accomplished by killing jobs that people actually have today. And yet, that is exactly what Ontario PC leader Tim Hudak proposed in his jobs plan, which he tabled in the legislature last week.
In addition to some drastic cuts to public sector jobs, Hudak’s pledge to end subsidies to wind and solar power would have the effect of killing thousands of jobs in Ontario’s newest manufacturing sector — green energy.
The rhetoric is all about taming electricity costs, but it’s been well established that green energy is not at fault for rising costs. Wind energy is less expensive than almost any other new source of electricity, even natural gas. And at this point, solar power is just not that significant a source of electricity in Ontario and its impact on prices is minimal. Moreover, the costs of solar power are falling fast while the technology is improving dramatically, which is why industry watchers agree that solar is the future.
Look, we are long-time supporters of green energy but we admit that the Green Energy Act is not perfect. It has, however, helped Ontario cut emissions and it has created jobs — over 30,000 of them at last count, in fact. That’s nothing to sneeze at.
Furthermore, many of the jobs created by the Green Energy Act are in manufacturing, the importance of which can hardly be overstated.
Manufacturing has been and continues to be the driver of Ontario’s economy. Despite having shed hundreds of thousands of manufacturing jobs over the last decade, the sector continues to be the largest employer in Ontario and the largest contributor to our GDP.
Green energy is injecting some much-needed life into Ontario’s challenged manufacturing sector. From Windsor to Kingston to Sault Ste. Marie, new manufacturing facilities have opened across this province where people are now employed building solar panels and windmills to meet the demand created by Ontario’s Green Energy Act.
In addition, green energy has also helped existing industries. Steelworkers at Essar Steel in Sault Ste. Marie are now rolling steel that gets used in wind towers, for example.