Questions for Liberals on gas plants – Toronto Sun Editorial (March 16, 2013)

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Among the many unanswered questions about the Liberals’ decision to cancel two natural gas plants leading up to the 2011 Ontario election, a key one involves Premier Kathleen Wynne.

Wynne, has described the Liberals’ decision to cancel the two unpopular projects in Oakville and Mississauga as a “political” one, meaning it was done to save a handful of Liberal seats in that election. Indeed, Wynne has been emphatic on this point.

As she put it last month: “I have never said this wasn’t a political decision. It was a political decision.” Wynne has also said she wasn’t involved in any decisions or meetings to cancel the Oakville plant in 2010, or the Mississauga plant just two weeks before the Oct. 6, 2011 election, in which she served as the Liberals’ campaign co-chair.

“I was part of the campaign team, but I was not in any of those meetings,” Wynne said.

Given all that, our question is, how is it possible that the Liberals’ campaign co-chair wasn’t involved in a political decision two weeks before the 2011 election to cancel the Mississauga plant, in order to save the political hides of some Liberal MPPs?

And if even the Liberal campaign co-chair wasn’t involved, then who was?

Wynne has promised to testify before the Legislature’s justice committee on the gas plant cancellations and we’ll be looking forward to her answers.

While we’re at it, if the Liberals weren’t trying to hide anything about their decision to cancel and move the two gas plants, why do documents related to them keep showing up under such bizarre names as Project Apple, Project Fruit Salad, Project Banana and Project Vapour?

For the rest of this editorial, please go to the Toronto Sun website: http://www.torontosun.com/2013/03/15/questions-for-liberals-on-gas-plants

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