Below is a video of an interview with Premier McGuinty on CHCH television about the Oakville power plant.
The highlights are as follows:
Premier: "We have decided, working with our power partners, that we need to put new generation in that particular community, we've gone with the gas fired plant ... it's the latest technology ... and you know, I think the people of Oakville are entitled to continue to express their concerns. "
Reporter: "So it's going to happen no matter what?"
Premier: "Well, you know, we just believe that after all the work that we have done that this is the best thing that we can do."
Please view the video and draw your own conclusions. In my opinion, the Premier's statements appear to show a total disregard for the process his government follows for making investment decisions of this magnitude and impact.
• The environmental review currently underway has not been finalized. While we strongly believe that a company who has been awarded a $1.2 billion contract should not be conducting their own self assessment, the process needs to be completed and the MOE needs to review the output and make their decisions.
• In 2009, the Premier announced a one person Air Quality Task Force to address "how to improve local air quality in the Clarkson-Oakville Airshed...”. The final report is to be completed by the end of June 2010.
• The Town of Oakville currently has a bylaw that bans the construction or expansion of power plants with a capacity greater than 10-megawatts pending the completion of a detailed study outlining where such power plants can best be accommodated. This work has not been completed.
• The Oakville Fire department works with related emergency service agencies to make sure there are immediate and prepared responses for situations that constitute danger of major proportion. The Oakville Fire Chief is waiting for more information from TransCanada. This work has not been completed.
We need your help. Please send an email, twitter, facebook entry, whatever medium you choose to the Premier and cc your local MPP. (The list is on www.C4CA.org). Our experience is that sending form letters are not effective. So, please write your own letter. We are concerned that there is not an OPEN and TRANSPARENT PROCESS and the Premier is not getting all the FACTS. Please pass this along to your friends, especially those outside the Oakville/Mississauga area and encourage them to do the same.