In Queen’s Park this week, MPP Jim Wilson asked the Premier and the Minister of the Environment whether it was true the government was about to approve a wind power project next to the Collingwood airport, despite concerns for aviation safety.
The government side of the Legislature is seen to be laughing at the question, so inappropriately that the Speaker has to admonish them saying, “That’s enough.”
In response, the Environment Minister said, “there are environmental assessments for these things,” and then said that the federal Minister of Transport refuses to return calls from provincial ministers. He concluded by saying that airport safety is a matter of federal jurisdiction and that Ontario is looking to the federal government for leadership.
(He then went on to claim that he flies in and out of the Island Airport in Toronto all the time, which is flanked by office towers, and has no problems.)
See the video clip here.