Sunday, 30 October 2011

Did Hudak's GEA stance cost him the election?

Liberal win doesn't mean all's fine with green energy strategy

The Star
October 28, 2011
Tyler Hamilton

Here's Tyler's take on the role of the Green Energy Act in the Ontario election:

It’s tempting to think that the Liberal win earlier this month was a vote of confidence in the government’s green energy strategy, warts and all.
But one could just as easily argue that the outcome of the election would have been very different if PC party leader Tim Hudak hadn’t taken such an extremely negative position against the Green Energy Act, the feed-in tariff (FIT) program and associated initiatives.
Voters, by and large, are supportive – and many quite proud – of Ontario’s green energy vision. They see that it’s the direction we must take. They also see economic opportunity by heading in that direction, if done properly. For this reason, it appears most voters weren’t prepared to let Hudak hit stop and press the rewind button.
At the same time, the fact that the Liberals only squeaked ahead in the popular vote seems a clear message that the approach behind the vision needs some fixing – and fast.

Tyler then proceeds to propose how the Green Energy Act should be improved.  For the full article, click here.  It's definitely worth a read.

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