As the former MPP from Mississauga South I have been watching the power plant discussions in South Oakville/Mississauga with great interest. As you will recall one of the reasons I left the McGuinty government and ran as a Progressive Conservative was the lack of fairness and vision of McGuinty wanting to put 3 power plants into the region.
The McGuinty government has already contracted the first one: a gas fired plant on the border of Mississauga South and Mississauga East near a hospital and a creek. The second one could have been built at Lakeview except the effective opposition of Jim Tovey and the Lakeview Ratepayers Association converted Hazel McCallion to their cause a by articulating a vision of the waterfront that included parks, marinas, walkways, retail, town houses, and condominiums not a polluting power plant. All that vision from a volunteer rate payers association.
It is wonderful to hear the local Oakville leaders such as Peter Turkington and community activist Doug McKenzie speak against the third proposed plant in the area. As you may know the airshead in the Mississauga South/Oakville area is already 14% more polluted than the rest of Ontario and if this plant is built it will add 3059 metric tons of toxic emissions and 254 tons of ultra fine particulate matter to this stressed airshead.
While Kevin Flynn MPP Oakville, Charles Sousa MPP Mississauga South have all heard the voices that elected them their leadership on this local issue has obviously been ineffective. Rather than Kevin Flynn using his position as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Energy to make an effective case for his constituents he accepted a transfer to another portfolio. In Charles Sousa’s campaign against me he said his voice would be listened to at Queens Park whereas mine had not been. For the benefit all I hope Charles delivers on his campaign promise.
Last Monday we heard that Hazel McCallion is taking the issue to Chief Medical Officer of Ontario. Clearly this is an innovative and creative approach from Canada’s oldest elected official. Well done Hazel.
Tim Peterson, Oakville Resident, Former MPP