The Sarnia Construction Association and Sarnia Building Trades placed an advertisement in The Toronto Sun to argue for the continued operation of the Lambton Generating Station (LGS).
In its recently released Long-Term Energy Plan, the Ontario government has made it clear that it is bound and determined to close the coal-fired Lambton Generating Station by 2014. That clearly is a mistake that will hurt Ontario consumers, businesses and our economy for years to come. The current government’s misdirection on the path to achieve cleaner sustainable energy ignores the reality of what is really happening in Ontario and elsewhere. A 46% increase in electricity prices in this province over the next 5 years is unacceptable.
The second paragraph of the ad deals with the other great concern of businesses in Ontario: the increasing regulatory burdens.
Ironically, the Government of Ontario also appears to be seriously looking at the new Ministry of Environment guidelines that would increase the incremental risk bases for exposures based substances to standards that could be anywhere from 10 to 100 time more than the health protective risks bases used by any other jurisdiction competing with Ontario. This is yet another example of misdirection that will jeopardize the competitiveness of Ontario industries and further escalate the loss of jobs.The full advertisement can be viewed, as a .pdf file, here.