Premier McGuinty: Open Those Doors!

Tom Adams has been doing a yeoman’s job trying to shed some light on the recently-released Gas Plant disclosure documents.  You can read all about it at his website Tom Adams Energy and specifically the section labelled Gas Busters.

Many in the media are picking up on his fine work including Terence Corcoran.

Adams has been hitting the talk-radio circuit too. I had a chance to listen to Gary Doyle interview him yesterday on 570 News. Please take the time to check it out online. Whereas his website can be a bit heavy to wade through, Adam’s passion shines through in the interview.

At one point Adams talks about the bureaucrats trying to understand the deal and how they expressed concern about the impact on ratepayers (around the 4 minute mark). They get “overruled by the Premier’s Office” says Adams.

After the interview Gary Doyle invited listeners to call in.

I was so outraged I tweeted Tom Adams, When do we call in the police?

His response was:

First steps: Recall the Legislature, put the Auditor General to work, and give the bureaucrats freedom to tell the whole truth.

I sent this info to Gary (who seemed as if he was in denial about the whole thing) and he read it on air.

So the question now is: How do we convince Dalton McGuinty to reopen the legislature?

Public pressure would help. I bet that Liberal MPPs would start getting concerned if they were overwhelmed by emails and phone calls from their constituents threatening to vote them out in the next election.

Let’s help Tom Adams get to the bottom of this scandal!

It’s your money and your Legislature.

Let the sunshine in!!

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Of course McGuinty disagrees with all of this: McGuinty rejects report estimating $1.3B price tag for scrapping gas plantsWindsor Star

Dodging a $1.2-billion bulletTerence Corcoran.

Ontario’s Power Trip: Dalton McGuinty, power puppeteerParker Gallant:

The 56,000 pages of documents associated with the Ontario government’s decision to kill two gas plants originally planned for Mississauga and Oakville show clearly the top-down role of politicians, both in the decisions made and in the attempts to hide the costs. They show, in numerous instances, how Premier Dalton McGuinty was in absolute control through his cabinet ministers to the officials he had appointed to the agencies involved.

As I read the documents so far, including board briefings and emails among the many players, it’s the Liberal strategists attached to the Premier’s Office and Ministry offices who are invested in hiding the mess the gas plants created. As energy consultant Tom Adams suggests in his review of the documents, the evidence suggests the total cost of plant cancellations is likely greater than $1.3-billion, the burden to be borne by electricity consumers. The documents show that McGuinty strategists managed the gas files to benefit the Liberal party rather than taxpayers and ratepayers. Once the plants were cancelled, in October 2010 and September 2011, the top-down political influence is very noticeable. Post-cancellation negotiations to cover the costs of breaking contracts fell to Liberal party officials who tried to cover up the mess, not to energy experts…

Please read the whole thing – if your blood pressure will take it.

McGuinty should reverse prorogation actionGlobe (!)

Ontario Liberals were stumped over how to kill power plantKaren Howlett and Paul Waldie (Globe):

…The documents shed light on why it took nine weeks to stop construction on the Mississauga power plant and why the tab kept growing for taxpayers during the 10 months it took to settle the matter.

Project Vapour Lock, as it was known inside government, consumed the attention of Mr. McGuinty himself, as well as officials in cabinet office and in the ministries of the Attorney General and Energy. This is not to be confused with Project Vapour, the code name for the cancelled Oakville plant, where construction had not yet started…

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23 Responses to Premier McGuinty: Open Those Doors!

  1. Liz J says:

    The Lieutenant Governor has some explaining to do on this one. Seems odd a governor would allow prorogation as an escape hatch but what other reason fits in this case? Being in minority is not an excuse in a democracy. Granting McGuinty this prorogue gives him free rein to do his work unchallenged, how is this democratic?

  2. Martin says:

    The esimates of Tom Adams do not in the least surprise me, and he is a well respected, often quoted energy analyst with no axe to grind. Note that these losses cover only the 2 gas plant cancellations and say nothing of the vast waste in the wind/solar pyramid schemes. What infuriates most is the studies indifference of most of the media outlets. The Ottawa Citizen, forced to at least respond by the NP coverage, carries the linked Windsor Star CP story ___ on page 6. Page 1 carries news of a cancelled school trip to participate in the US election. What would it take to become critical of over $ 1B of Ontario taxes wasted, to go with over another $1B in e Health, and so on? This from a paper that turned over its commentary section 2 weeks ago to a positive retrospective on McGuinty’s political career.
    The PC party has circulated an on line petition to reopen the legislature, but such an effort will have little effect on the Liberals. What is needed is massive coverage of the scandal from the major Ont outlets, the same ones that enjoy covering the Quebec construction scandal. News stories like charity begin at home, it is time for the media to waken up to this criminal waste of scarce tax dollars.

  3. Richco says:

    Great post Joanne! The Liberals in Ontario are so screwed. What’s more, if they pick this loser for their next leader the PCs and NDP will be VERY happy campers indeed–liberal-leadership-kennedy-top-pick-to-replace-mcguinty-poll-shows?fb_action_ids=367160936711593&fb_action_types=og.recommends&fb_source=aggregation&fb_aggregation_id=288381481237582

    • Joanne says:

      Thanks Richco!

      I’m guessing they might try going with Kennedy as a kind of ‘back to the future’ candidate but I’m not sure that’s going to work either.

  4. Richco says:

    sorry if this is duplicated – having trouble posting again today. Takes several tries before it goes through.

    • Joanne says:

      Yeah it’s been frustrating for me too. No worries about double posting though (even though I don’t think you did). It’s all good.

  5. Richco says:

    Might want to look at THIS a little closer too. If it’s a Liberal decision it’s going to cost us plenty I’m sure.–thunder-bay-gas-plant-project-suspended

  6. Liz J says:

    Wynne is off the SS Dalton……

  7. Joanne says:

    There may be some technical problems with comments. If you’ve tried to leave one here and not been successful, please try at Joanne’s Journey where this topic has been reposted. Thanks for your patience and assistance.

    (Alternately you can send me an email at the address mentioned on the “To Contact” tab at the top.)

    The spam filter is definitely malfunctioning.

  8. fh says:

    this is truly a disgrace for our proud Province Ontario
    nothing of this magnitude has ever occurred in my lifetime
    be a man Premier McGuinty get the legislature back to work now

    great post Jo

    • Joanne says:

      Thanks Fh. And MSM is largely ignoring the problem just like they are doing in the U.S. about Benghazi (of course that is a much worse scandal with lives lost.)

  9. ed says:

    Looks like it’s working.

  10. ed says:

    From Joanne’s post:

    “So the question now is: How do we convince Dalton McGuinty to reopen the legislature?”

    Joanne, terrific post with lots of research and vital information!! I think the answer is “people power.” The people should be out in the streets protesting. There should be massive rallies and marches wherever possible. The people have to stand up to their government. We are too complacent and too comfortable. Look at the way people in other parts of the world actually risk their lives by standing up to government for a just cause. Kind of embarrassing, huh?

  11. Joanne says:

    Thanks for the comments everyone! There was definitely some kind of technical problem today but everything seems fine now.


  12. fh says:

    I can understand why treason needs to be considered for anyone who claims Canadian citizenship and then chooses to fight against Canada’s military that is engaged in establishing protection and peace for Canada and Canada’s allies
    This should be applied to people who are born in Canada and new Canadians

  13. jon says:

    Glen Murray resigns as minister… expected to run for the leadership

    CP24 has the story (but just a part of it)

    Of Murray, CTV reporter Paul Bliss says, “He’s got quite a resume; very impressive” and lists the following…

    – long-serving mayor of Winnipeg
    – first openly gay mayor of a large city in North America
    – activist on urban issues, the environment, and gay rights

    There’s a glaring omission though. No mention of his foot-in-mouth disease, particularly when he used Twitter to attack Hudak, Harper, and T.O. mayor Ford, accusing all 3 of being bigots and racists towards gays and visible minorities.

    From the Toronto Sun

    “Ford, Hudak and Harper use fear tactics against Tamils and gay men. I am proud of the Tamil and gay Canadians I represent. United we stand,” Murray tweeted Saturday night.

    Then 11 minutes later, Murray posted another comment on Twitter.

    “If u vote Ford u r voting for bigotry,” he tweeted.

    About an hour after his second tweet, the Toronto MPP retweeted this message: “Ford, Hudak and Harper – the trifecta of Republican-style, right wing ignorance and bigotry.”


    Not sure how one can mention gay issues as much as Bliss does without mentioning Murray’s controversies related to that very topic… It seems that it’s only when they go after conservatives does CTV/CP24 see the need to incorporate the controversial comments the individual had made as a component to their report.

  14. Liz J says:

    Appears the provincial Liberals are just bursting with leadership prospects ready and willing to take over the bankrupted mess left by their leader, Mr Spic and Span, we and our grandchildren will be paying for decades to come.

  15. fh says:

    at jack’s a wonderful song and a perfect tribute to PM Harper
    Celtic Woman-A New Journey-You Raise Me Up
    I agree with Jack PERFECT

  16. fh says:

    great link here from SDA
    a Margaret Thatcher interview about economics
    Failure of Obamanomics

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