Canadian Manufacturing

Minister Bentley won’t name who cancelled gas plant

The Ontario government says relocating the plant will cost Ontario taxpayers $180 million.



TORONTO—Energy Minister Chris Bentley isn’t saying who made the decision to cancel a proposed gas plant in Mississauga just a few days before last year’s election.

He says the announcement was made through a Liberal party press release, but couldn’t say whether Premier Dalton McGuinty ultimately made the call.

NDP energy critic Peter Tabuns say taxpayers deserve to know who made that call, since they’ll be paying a hefty bill to save the Liberals’ skin.

Bentley’s comments before a legislative committee came a day after he revealed that relocating the plant will cost Ontario taxpayers $180 million.

The NDP and the Conservatives have accused the Liberals of scrapping plans for the plants to save Liberal seats amid fierce opposition from local residents.

The opposition parties want Bentley to produce documents about the deal, as well as those related to the cancellation of a proposed gas plant in Oakville in 2010.

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