Horwath stamps feet over gas plants yet still won't dump Liberals
NDP Leader Andrea Horwath. (Jack Boland/Toronto Sun)
Talk about Grand Theft Gas Plants.
How much did it cost to scrap two generating plants in Oakville and Mississauga?
And New Democratic Party Leader Andrea Horwath is so outraged by that waste that she’s going to ... well ... do nothing and support Premier Kathleen Wynne and her disgraceful government.
Yep, Horwath will hold her breath and stamp her feet — but she won’t do what it takes to dump the Liberals and call an election.
The province’s new auditor general, Bonnie Lysyk, delivered a damning report Tuesday on costs associated with scrapping the Oakville plant.
She estimates moving the plant will cost around $815 million — if all the savings that are projected actually happen. Add that to the $275 million Jim McCarter, the previous auditor general, estimated it would cost to scrap the Mississauga plant, and the numbers are a staggering $1.1 billion.
So what’s it going to take to get Horwath so riled up that she actually does something?
It’s all very well for her to stand in front of us, wring her hands and tell us how many MRIs this could have bought. As long as she props us this Liberal government, she’s going to give her tacit support to this mind-blowing stupidity.
There really was only one question for Horwath at her news conference.
When she’s going to pull the plug?
“The bottom line is there are no guarantees for this government. It’s really obvious that they’re more interested in their own political well-being than anything else,” she told reporters.
Well, the Tories have a non-confidence motion in the works. The Liberals aren’t likely to call it, but if Horwath joined forces with the PCs and demanded it be voted on, it might see light of day.
Instead, Horwath kept yammering on about waiting for the committee process to conclude.
Oh, come on.
What more do we need to know?
We’ve heard about the deleted e-mails. Staffers in former premier Dalton McGuinty’s office quit their jobs — and deleted everything from their inboxes that might implicate them in this scandal.
What else do we need to know before Horwath finally does us all a favour and forces an election?
The details of the deals are mind numbing in their stupidity. It was clear there was political meddling.
According to Lysyk, then-McGuinty’s office paid more to cancel the deal than was required.
“The Premier’s Office committed to compensating TransCanada Energy (the company that built the plant) for the financial value of its contract for the Oakville plant, even though events occurred that we believe could have enabled termination of the contract at a much lower cost,” her report says.
The term that’s used is “made whole.”
“We believe that the deal that was ultimately negotiated actually makes TCE better than whole because other benefits will also accrue to TCE above and beyond what they would have received had it been located in Oakville,” Lysyk told reporters.
Hmmm. Being “made whole” sounds like a sweet deal. Where can I sign on?
On Mississauga, McCarter said we’d paid for two plants and got one. Lysyk said this time around we paid for 1 1/2 and got one.
Tory Energy Critic Lisa MacLeod said her party is willing to pull the plug.
“The only way to change the circumstances in Ontario is to change the team that leads it,” she told reporters.
Wynne, of course, was a spin cycle, full of all the usual blather about taking responsibility and learning lessons and moving on.
Well, blah blah blah.
C’mon, Andrea. Every minute you delay in bringing this government to account means a loss of credibility to you.
Why wait for spring?
Do it now.
Is Andrea Horwath hurting her credibility by not pulling the plug on the Liberals?