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Local MPPs question need for new Liberal agency

May 16, 2017

(Queen’s Park) – Wellington-Halton Hills MPP Ted Arnott and Perth-Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece teamed up in Question Period on May 15 to raise questions about a new Liberal Government agency, which is supposedly intended to address climate change.

“We all know that life just keeps getting harder for the people of Ontario under this Liberal Government, and we all know of their reputation for scandal, waste, and mismanagement,” Mr. Arnott reminded MPPs. “Now we learn that they’re setting up the Ontario Climate Change Solutions Deployment Corp.”

Mr. Arnott, who serves as the Ontario PC Critic to the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, raised several questions about the new agency.

“How is this new agency not redundant? How much is it going to cost to administer?” he asked. “Does it overlap with other existing Ministry functions and programs? Why do we need it? Will the Minister commit to this House that it will not become just another Liberal slush fund?”

Mr. Pettapiece, the Ontario PC Critic to the Minister of Community and Social Services, followed up on Mr. Arnott’s question.

“The Government wants to stuff the Board of Directors of this climate change agency with green energy insiders and lobbyists,” Mr. Pettapiece charged. “Of course, under the Liberals’ terrible long-term hydro contracts, many green energy firms have already cashed in big-time. The result? Amongst the highest hydro rates in North America. Now they’re appointing insiders and lobbyists to spend cap-and-trade tax money on Liberal vanity projects instead of putting the money back in the pockets of hard-working Ontarians.”

“We need the Minister’s personal guarantee,” Mr. Pettapiece continued. “Will he tell us that his green energy friends will see no personal or commercial benefits from this boondoggle in the making?”

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Ted Arnott, MPP                              Randy Pettapiece, MPP

Phone: 416-325-3880                     Phone: 416-325-3400

Email: ted.arnott@pc.ola.org          Email: randy.pettapiece@pc.ola.org