On October 6, 2011, in sharp contrast to the solid Conservative majority gained on May 2 by their federal counterparts, the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, under the leadership of Tim Hudak, failed to achieve an equivalent success. However, their defeat was not without any consolation, for Queen’s Park has remained a hotbed of contention ever since that fateful election, as the Liberal Party of Ontario only managed to get a minor government.
The fall of the Ontario Liberal Party from a majority is still ascribed by most, in and outside of the Liberal Party, to the sharp decrease of jobs and the high increase of electricity rates within the province. This upward surge is directly attributed back to May 14, 2009, and Premier Dalton McGuinty’s sold-out commitment to Bill 150, the Green Energy Act. This forced Ontario to invest in electricity generated by renewable energy sources, such as wind turbines.
A growing number of communities fear it is too late to escape the high price of Green Energy. The actual dollar figure for one wind turbine is eerily questionable. Yet, the cost to generate less than 3,000 MW of electricity across all of Canada, and a mere 1% of Ontario’s energy needs, is high. Coal and nuclear counterparts economically supply approximately 66% of our power requirements. Ontarians realize that they are now rapidly becoming energy poor.
Those who once openly embraced the clarion cry of radical environmentalists are justifiably re-evaluating the staggering harm done to the very wildlife they once thought they were nobly protecting. Growing concerns point to the real and present danger the wind turbines of Dalton McGuinty present to bird populations. This has sparked outrage in many; an unadulterated source of anxiety that Tim Hudak is quite prepared to turn to his full advantage.
After anticipating the momentous gathering of conservatives from all across this great land in Ottawa at the Manning Networking Conference, the Progressive Conservatives are confident that their renewed proposal to scrap the controversial Green Energy Act will put Ontario back on the right track with voters and the environment. The only question that remains is will voters give Tim Hudak the opportunity to make good on his promise to re-energize Ontario.