Greens Call for Fair, Transparent, and Consistent Green Energy Development

The McGuinty government’s unfair backroom deal with multinational giant Samsung should be scrapped.We can create thousands of green jobs in Ontario with a fair, transparent and consistent process that provides a level playing field for all businesses, large and small.

The Liberals' backroom deal with Samsung undermines the goal of fostering a prosperous 21st-century green economy by maintaining the 20-century branch plant mentality of special deals for multinational corporations. The Samsung deal undermines the transparent process envisioned in the Green Energy Act and throws Ontario energy producers and green manufacturers under the bus.

In talking with green business owners in Ontario, one thing is clear: there are solar and wind manufacturers ready to start building facilities in Ontario today – not in 2013 – to create green jobs and manufacture green products.

These Ontario companies do not need backroom deals. They simply want a system that is fair, transparent and predictable.

One business leader suggested they may build their new manufacturing facility outside Ontario because of the uncertainty the Samsung deal has created.

The Green Party of Ontario believes Ontario can become a leader in green energy and green jobs by administering a fair, transparent and predictable process with the feed-in tariff and by supporting our homegrown green energy sector.

The GPO’s energy plan is one that invests in Ontario. The GPO has long advocated a plan for green energy that supports Ontario entrepreneurs, co-operatives and communities, and provides the predictability needed to invest in green energy projects. Our plan supports community power projects where farmers, First Nations, co-ops, individuals, municipalities and businesses have equal access to the power grid. The GPO supports investments in smart grid technology to improve access to and efficiency of the grid.

The GPO also supports a transition fund to assist local manufacturers in converting to green products such as wind turbines and solar panels. As in Germany, such a plan should have simple, transparent and fair rules for all companies.

While I applaud the premier for saying the right words about understanding that green manufacturing and green energy will help power Ontario’s prosperity in the 21st-century, I simply don’t trust him to understand how to manage the transition to a green economy. His backroom deal with Samsung is proof of that.

The good news is that we are no longer debating whether to move forward with a green economy, but how.

It’s time for Green MPPs at Queens Park to ask the tough questions and offer sensible solutions for transitioning to a prosperous green economy.