January 6, 2013
Green energy push needs local input: Ont. Liberal hopefuls
By Antonella Artuso, Queen's Park Bureau Chief
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.