Province Releases Plant Cancellation Documents
After months of back and forth, the Liberal government has finally released documents in connection to the Mississauga and Oakville power plant cancellations.
36,000 pages worth.
Monday was the deadline set by the speaker of the legislature after the Energy Minister refused to give up the documents at a committee meeting, citing concerns over commercial and taxpayer interests.
The pages loaded on a small USB stick. The plant cancellation documents show email back and forths between Ontario Power Authority (OPA) and ministry officials.
In regards to Oakville in October of 2010, one OPA executive notes before legal counsel is involved he doesn't want to "get sucked into anything." In response, an OPA vice president says "our hands are tied anyways...government has backed us into a corner."
There is also debate over where to put the cancelled gas plants, with musings about even the Kitchener-Waterloo area. There are media clippings and opposition party member quotes on the issue at different times during the process.
There are also dozens of estimates as to how much the entire thing will cost - from nothing to $1.4 billion.
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