Liberal MPPs play Hot Potato over Mississauga power plant move
MPPs within the provincial Liberal government seem to tossing the blame from nameless official to nameless official when it comes to the decision to cancel the gas-fired power plant that was being built in Mississauga and move it to Lambton at a total cost of at least $180 million. A move some say was agreed upon to save two Liberal MPPs their seats as well.
On Wednesday, under oath in front of a committee at Queen's Park, Energy Minister Chris Bentley testified that the decision was made by the Liberal campaign during the last election season and not the government.
The Chair of the campaign is MPP Greg Sorbara.
Joining Ryan Doyle and John Downs on NewsTalk 1010's Friendly Fire Wednesday night, he says that's not exactly how it happened.
"The decision was the government's decision obviously," he tells the show. "It wasn't something that was decided around a campaign meeting in a dark room with people smoking cigars."
Asked by Doyle and Downs if this means that Bentley has perjured himself, Sorbara replied "not at all," but didn't explain his answer.
The question of who ultimately made the decision was put to Sorbara, who responded "I don't know...I'm just telling you ultimately it's a government decision."
He also didn't explain why he thinks Bentley would blame the campaign.
Toward the end of the interview, Sorbara told NewsTalk 1010 that people are forgetting that the two Opposition parties were also in favour of moving the plant and would have done the same thing if they had been elected.