New Ontario Cabinet promising for change
June 22, 2019
As everyone in Ontario knows by now, the Ford government shuffled its Cabinet this week.
Key changes for Wind Concerns Ontario community group coalition and individual members are the following appointments:
Environment, Conservation and Parks: Jeff Yurek
Energy: Greg Rickford
Energy, Associate Minister, Bill Walker
Former Environment minister Phillips is now in the Finance Chair, and he knows from working with us that wind power does not bring any bonanza to Ontario’s economy; similarly, former Finance minister Vic Fedeli, now responsible for the critical Economic Development file, knows that too, and he also knows the promise of thousands of wind power jobs is false.
The fact is, we have moved in Ontario from having a (Liberal) government in which NO MPPs had wind turbines in their riding (one almost did, Grant Crack/Eastern Fields project) to a government in which 14 MPPs have active wind power projects, and several others were supportive of community fights against proposed projects.
New environment minister Yurek has been very involved with his community and wind turbines, and associate energy minister Walker stood up while in Opposition many times, describing the problems with wind turbines and demanding a return of local land-use planning. “No means No,” he told Premier Kathleen Wynne in the Legislature in 2013.
We are heartened by the comments made to us at our recent Queen’s Park event, and by the promise of these new appointments, going forward.
WIND CONCERNS ONTARIO