Green Party of Ontario Leader Mike Schreiner Denouncing Deal by McGuinty Liberals to Sign Unfair Energy Deal with Samsung

Green Party of Ontario Leader (GPO) Mike Schreiner is denouncing a deal by the McGuinty Liberals to sign an unfair energy deal with Samsung. The contract which gives a special price to a foreign multinational corporation flies in the face of the goals of the Green Energy and Green Economy Act, designed to create community energy projects by supporting municipalities, co-operatives, First Nations and farmers.

Ontario businesses and communities are losing out as the Liberals set aside over half the transmission capacity in Southern Ontario to Samsung, allowing a single company to jump the line and undermine community power initiatives. The deal has been widely criticized by Ontario producers and by members of the McGuinty cabinet and again shows a government without any real energy plan.

“After consulting with communities on the Green Energy Act and taking thousands of megawatts of bids for green energy projects, it is shocking that the Liberals would breech the trust of Ontarians with such a deal. The Green Party has a plan to invest in renewable energy and green jobs in Ontario by putting our communities first.”
– Mike Schreiner, Leader, GPO

“Rural Ontarians have been asking me when the Green Energy Act will support their communities. They are seeing foreign investments in their backyards without proper input, and a lack of transparency that has resulted in expensive energy deals.”
– Mike Schreiner, Leader, GPO

• The Green Party has been advocating for renewable energy in Ontario since the 1980s.
• The Green Party’s 2007 platform promoted a number of solutions to support green energy and green jobs in Ontario, many of which were adopted by the provincial government.
• The deal by Samsung undermines the feed-in tariff program which had been showing success.

Mariana Di Rezze