Thursday April 18, 2013

By Graeme MacKay, The Hamilton Spectator – Thursday April 18, 2013

No apology from Wynne for cost of gas plant

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne ignored opposition demands Wednesday that she apologize for low-balling the $275-million cost of the Liberal government’s decision to pull the plug on a gas plant in Mississauga by $85 million.

“People are tired of the denials. They’re tired of the hidden information,” NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said during question period.

“They want the premier to admit – that’s all they want – that this was wrong, and to apologize.”
The Progressive Conservatives said the auditor general’s report – released on Monday – was proof the Liberals had intentionally misled the public about the true cost of cancelling the Mississauga gas plant.

The Tories accused Wynne of also underestimating the cost of scrapping another gas plant in Oakville, which the government puts at $40 million.

“I asked the premier to apologize for the $85 million and for the future costs we’re going to see in Oakville,” said PC energy critic Vic Fedeli.

“Being a Liberal means never having to say you’re sorry.”

Wynne accepted responsibility for what she admitted was a political decision by the Liberals to cancel the Mississauga gas plant in mid-construction, just days before the October 2011 election.

However, even though she was Liberal campaign co-chair at the time, Wynne declined repeated requests to say sorry for the higher-than-expected price tag of the cancellation for the Mississauga project. (Source: Global News)