On the downside, if the opposition parties had their way, the provincial green energy plan would be scrapped and there would be 150,000 jobs down the drain. How satisfying would it be to see 150,000 jobs lost through lack of foresight and lack of understanding? That is how many jobs would be lost if we cancelled our provincial green energy plans. Must the taxpayers of Ontario really have to shoulder these kinds of burdens as the Tories or the NDP learn the ropes of governing? We presently have an experienced leader and there is no reason to change because we all know incoming political parties DO NOT change what is working.
The amount of energy coming from natural sources, the wind and the sun, is presently very little but that is what the green energy plan is all about – increasing the amount of energy from natural sources. Once this is achieved maybe the cost of our energy usage will drop. There is much debate about the amount of money we are paying another country for equipment and knowledge. The debate is fallacious since that is one of the main reasons why Ontario is forging ahead with its green energy plan; to gain knowledge and experience so we may, one day, export what we will have in the future. Learning is not free and the only way in which we can pave a new route for the generations who will follow behind us is if we try to make the future better for them.
In the past, despite endless warnings to previous political parties as they governed our province, Ontario failed to take up the challenge; the warnings were ignored and the Province of Ontario fell behind other more dynamic jurisdictions. The question has to be asked, do we want to be a leader in any given technology or are we content to buy what we need from others – no matter the asking price?
In the interest of today and tomorrow we must vote not to change our provincial government at the next election. Mark A. MacDonald will surely help us in Stormont, Dundas, South Glengarry to get our share of the technological advantages and job opportunities, whatever plans the provincial government creates, providing we do not change our current successful leadership.
John E. Milnes,
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