Liberals snub Wilson’s call to halt wind turbine project
(April 21, 2016) The Kathleen Wynne Liberals voted down Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson's Private Member's Resolution late Thursday afternoon, which called for an immediate halt to the Wpd wind turbine project near the Collingwood Regional Airport.
"I am just disgusted with the Liberal government," Wilson said. "They are so cavalier about the whole matter. They refuse to acknowledge the concerns of my constituents and my local municipalities. It's really quite disgraceful."
Before a packed gallery in the legislature, Wilson argued the eight 500-foot high turbines, slated for just west of Stayner, are wrong for Simcoe-Grey because of several factors.
He said the turbines would negatively impact the economic well-being of the area, in particular Collingwood Regional Airport and neighbouring lands, where an airport business park is planned.
Wilson also stressed the wind turbines will put public safety and pilot safety at risk.
And he noted the turbines will put public health on the line, and negatively impact real estate values.
"You would think when all of these points are considered, the Liberals would come to their senses," Wilson said. "Clearly Premier Wynne has given strict instructions that regardless of commonsense, regardless of sound arguments, it's damn the torpedoes and full speed ahead when it comes to so-called green energy projects."
Wilson said he is thankful for the strong support his constituents showed for the resolution, noting more than 60 individuals made the trek to Queen's Park.
"I will keep fighting for the people of Simcoe-Grey. And when our party returns to power in 2018 we will start the hard work of getting this province back on track," Wilson said.
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