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The Ottawa Citizen has a Riding Profile for Nepean-Carleton today, and senior writer Don Butler asked about proposed wind power projects, and opinions on “green” energy generally. Here are the responses.
Q: What is your position on the role green energy in Ontario’s power mix, including the creation of new wind farms in Nepean-Carleton?
Party: Progressive Conservative
Occupation: Current MPP for Nepean-Carleton
Green energy: MacLeod opposes the proposed wind turbine development in North Gower. “While I am not opposed to green energy, it is unsustainable, unaffordable, unreliable and, in many places, like our community, unwanted,” she says. A PC government would restore locally based decision-making about wind and solar projects and impose a moratorium on new industrial wind farms pending an independent health and environmental review. MacLeod points out that on any given day, wind and solar generate only one-to-three per cent of the province’s power supply. Nuclear power — which the PC’s would expand — accounts for more than half, supported by “cheap, affordable and green” water power and natural gas, she says.
Occupation: Real estate agent
Green energy: Uppal says the Liberal government has modernized an electricity system that was “left in disarray” by the Mike Harris Conservatives. “We have ensured that Ontarians have the power they need, when they need it.” The Liberals have closed dirty coal generating plants and replaced them with clean energy such as wind and solar, Uppal says. By contrast, the PCs want to spend $15 billion on new nuclear power generation and cancel wind contracts — which could cost the province $20 billion in cancellation fees, he warns. In his response to the Citizen, Uppal didn’t say what his position is on the creation of new wind farms in the riding.
Occupation: Analyst with the Canadian Union of Public Employees
Green energy: Dagenais says the NDP supports renewable energy projects, but “will not force projects where communities are opposed and will ensure that communities are consulted.” The party would also ensure that contracts for small community-based energy projects aren’t automatically awarded to large corporations. As well, Dagenais says the party is committed to a full environmental assessment of all pipeline projects, would replace old buses with new efficient ones and would provide low-interest loans to property owners for energy-efficient retrofits, including the cost of solar panels.
Occupation: High school teacher
Green energy: The Green party is “very supportive” of green energy generation that can be shown to be cost-effective and has the support of those who live near it, Kubanek says. Large wind turbines need to be a safe distance from people, which “excludes most regions of Nepean-Carleton,” he says. Even if all conditions are met, the provincial government should compensate homeowners near wind turbines if the value of their property declines, Kubanek says. One possible approach would be to reduce hydro rates by at least 50 per cent to compensate for any loss in home value, he says. “That would enable a market to be created for those homes and thus meet the needs of both the individual and the community.”
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Although not to be televised until Thursday, and then only for Rogers TV subscribers, the Ottawa Citizen carries a report on the debate in today’s edition, on page A 3.
Liberal candidate for Nepean-Carleton Jack Uppal said the Liberal government has “done very well over the last 10 years,” according to the report, by Don Butler.
PC incumbent Lisa MacLeod responded by saying that Ontario has the highest annual deficit and most accumulated debt of any province. Since the Liberals took office in 2003, the number of public sector workers has grown by 300,000: “Their plan is not workable. It’s not achievable.”
Ric Dagenais took issue with the Million Jobs Plan put forward by the PCs while Green Party candidate and Kars resident Gordon Kubanek said voters are tired of LIberal overspending but don’t like the Conservative plan to eliminate 100,000 jobs.
The candidates debated electricity bills and MacLeod blamed the Green Energy Act and the “bloated bureaucracies” at Hydro One and Ontario Power Generation.
Dagenais spoke on traffic congestion; Uppal said his party supports mass transit initiatives, which MacLeod added her party would “fight” to ensure Ottawa gets its fair share of funding for transit.
With regret, we must announce that scheduling challenges prevent us from organizing an energy-themed all-candidates’ meeting in Nepean-Carleton riding (home to PC energy critic Lisa MacLeod).
Here are some all-candidates’ meetings scheduled for Ottawa:
May 29, 7-9pm, in Ottawa South at Hillcrest high school, 1900 Dauphin Rd
June 4, 7-9pm, Ottawa Vanier at Centre de services Guigues, 159 Murray St
June 5th, 7-9pm, in Ottawa West Nepean at F.J McDonald School, 2860 Ahearn Ave
However, Rogers TV is running several Ottawa-area riding debates…available to Rogers subscribers only.
Here are the TV debates scheduled:
May 27 Ottawa South 7 PM
May 28 Ottawa-Orleans 7 PM
May 28 Ottawa Centre 8 PM
May 29 Ottawa West-Nepean 8 PM
May 29 Nepean-Carleton 9 PM
May 29 Carleton-Mississippi Mills 10 PM
May 28 Ottawa-Vanier 9 PM
Information available at rogerstv.com
We do plan however to present statements on wind power from the candidates in Nepean-Carleton, where the only wind power project has been proposed for the Ottawa area.