QUEEN’S PARK – Following a busy day at Queen’s Park, MPP Jeff Yurek speculates that the residents of Elgin-Middlesex-London will be interested in the following question: how much will a single political decision – made in Toronto – cost them?
In her first press conference since being appointed to the position, Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk discussed her audit of the Liberal decision to relocate a gas plant project in Oakville during the 2011 election.
The Auditor General said the cost would be at least $675 million – well above the $40 million figure maintained by the Liberal government – and could rise by another $140 million depending on the cost of delivering gas to the new plant location in Napanee.
“Putting aside the fact the Liberals stubbornly low-balled the actual cost of relocating the plant and putting aside the fact the Auditor General the Premier’s office could have taken action to terminate the contract at lower cost, at the end of the day, we’re all on the hook for a decision that was made by a few Liberal campaign insiders,” stated Yurek following the release of the AG’s report.
Taking the cost to cancel and relocate both the Oakville and Mississauga gas plants will cost the taxpayer over $1 billion dollars.
“When the Liberals took power, energy cost us a mere 4.4 cents per kilowatt-hour,” noted Yurek. “Today’s total rate was 11.13 cents per kilowatt-hour. Is it any wonder why our hydro rates are skyrocketing when we look at how the government has managed the energy file?”
Yurek also renewed calls for the formation of a judicial inquiry to hold those who made the decisions surrounding the gas plants accountable.
“So far, nobody has been fired and nobody has taken any responsibility for these costly decisions. It’s time we formed a judicial inquiry with real teeth.”
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