Premier McGuinty promised to halt construction on the plant during Ontario's last election campaign
TORONTO—The Provincial Opposition is demanding to know why construction is continuing on a Mississauga power plant that the Liberal government promised to shut down just before its Oct. 6 election victory.
Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak says crews yesterday delivered the huge generator to the site of the 280-megawatt natural gas-powered facility that was supposed to be shut down.
Premier Dalton McGuinty reversed his position in the middle of the election campaign and announced the plant—currently being built by Toronto-based Eastern Power Ltd.—would be built elsewhere, but Hudak says he always doubted that commitment.
New Energy Minister Chris Bentley issued a statement saying the government will find another location for the plant, but he was not available to explain why construction is continuing.
Hudak and NDP Leader Andrea Horwath say they’re worried about how much taxpayers will have to pay for cancelling the Mississauga gas plant and another one in Oakville, both in Liberal-held ridings.
Eastern Power owns and operates two of the world’s largest landfill gas fuelled power plants, both located in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA): the Keele Valley Power Plant in Vaughan, Ont.; and the Brock West Power Plant in Pickering, Ont.