Green energy push needs local input: Ont. Liberal hopefuls

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Antonella Artuso, Queen's Park Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 8:02 PM ET

Ontario's Liberal leadership candidates have a lot of ground to make up with the province's small town and rural communities if they ever hope to lead a majority government again.

The list of complaints is long -- Local Health Integration Networks that closed down emergency rooms, the end of slot-revenue sharing with the horse-racing industry, the derailing of the Ontario Northland Railway, the perceived lack of support for the forestry industry and just general top-down Toronto decision-making.

One piece of legislation, though, stands out as particularly contentious: The Green Energy Act.

Designed to clear the way for the development of wind and solar power in Ontario -- in place of coal-generated power -- it has caused a lot of trouble.

As fast as turbines went up with no local input, neighbours turned on each other and Ontario's anti-wind movement was born.

 


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