In light of their efforts to fight for Ontarians, the Ford government has announced legislation to finally put the costly Green Energy Act to bed.
One of the Conservative government’s first actions were to cancel 758 energy projects. Deemed as “expensive and wasteful,” the projects were part of the Ford plan to cut hydro rates by 12 per cent for Ontarians.
Passed in 2009, by Dalton McGuinty’s Liberal government, the Green Energy Act, forced power away from communities and, instead, concentrated these powers into Queens Park.
The government would use this power to help a much heavier green energy agenda. In a city environment this might have been ideal, but when the government chooses to meddle into infrastructures people rely on, then how are the Liberal’s politics balanced at all?
Here’s an example. Green Energy Act passed by the Ontario Liberal government took away the planning rights of municipalities regarding the location of wind turbines. The impact was devastating in rural Ontario. No one in Toronto cared because turbines aren’t practical in cities. https://t.co/yRRpCXajLp
— Lorrie Goldstein (@sunlorrie) September 19, 2018
Although the Liberals’ intentions to pass greener legislation was admirable, when combined with generous subsidies given to green energy providers, triggered an increase in electricity prices province-wide.
Ford slashing the act, grants the government responsibility to let the people decide which forms of energy they want to adopt.
While some municipalities can focus on moving in a green direction, others can choose to reclaim previous energy agendas, formerly banned by the Liberal act.
#BREAKING: Doug Ford‘s Progressive Conservative government will introduce legislation Thursday to put an end to the province’s Green Energy Act, Global News has learned.#ONpoli #CDNpoli https://t.co/beSwKaoh1S
— The West Block (@TheWestBlock) September 20, 2018
Giving power to the people
In this very scenario, municipalities will inevitably decide their own fates. Ford provides the decision for the people to carry the future of their energy practices into their own hands. Decentralizing the government’s power on green energy is evidently something more appealing to Ontarians.
What are your thoughts and comments on the announced repeal? Are you a fan of the Green Energy Act? No, why not? Comment below.
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