Todd Smith claimed: “Kathleen Wynne and Glenn Thibeault need to categorically reject this deal. They need to show the people of Durham that they meant it when they said time and time again that they support the Pickering Nuclear Plant.”
Fact: Once again, the deal as it was reported was already rejected. And when it comes to Pickering, it was our government that made the commitment to continue operations at the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station to 2024. Nuclear is a reliable source of clean, around-the clock power, and it helped get our province off of coal. OPG is already in the process of seeking regulatory approvals, and we continue to support that work.
Patrick Brown claimed: “Last year we spilled enough power in Ontario …to power 500,000 homes.”
Fact: We’ve seen this claim from the Conservatives before, and it just demonstrates their lack of understanding of the energy system. One advantage of the clean, reliable, and flexible system we have built is that we are able to procure energy on an as needed basis, using only the electricity that can be produced most cheaply at that time. This is key – any time a generator is not producing electricity, it is because there were cheaper options available at that time. Apparently, the Conservatives think we should be running these generators anyway.
Patrick Brown claimed: “Boy is this a horrible deal for Ontario”
Fact: The “deal” doesn’t exist. The La Presse story is actually talking about an indicative offer from Hydro Quebec to Ontario. In our government’s response, we rejected the proposal. That response is already public.
In fact, earlier today in the Queen’s Park media studio, his own PC Energy Critic contradicted him:
“No I believe the fact is that minister Thibeault hasn't signed off on this deal.”
Source: MPP Todd Smith, August 8, 2017, Queen’s Park Media Studio