QUEEN’S PARK – Peter Tabuns (Toronto—Danforth), Official Opposition NDP critic for Energy released the following statement in response to Minister Smith’s announcement about refurbishing the Pickering Nuclear Plant:
“Ontario’s energy needs are growing. We are seeing a shift in the demand for energy as more and more Ontarians seek sustainable options for their daily needs. As a province, we need to have a serious conversation about how we can ensure all Ontarians have access to reliable and affordable energy.
"It is important that we get energy decisions right, especially when billions in investments are on the line. The Conservatives must be fully transparent and release the feasibility study and financials for this project. We can’t assess this project without these details. We want to ensure they are prioritizing the needs of Ontarians over anything else.
"Ontario has some of the best energy workers in the world. With the right energy plan, grounded in evidence and independent professional analysis, we can ensure our province has the energy we need for the low-carbon future ahead of us.
"This government has been laser-focused on expanding gas plants and ignoring the realities of climate change. They have been cynically using Ontarians’ needs to push through climate-denying policies instead of focusing on real, sustainable solutions. Frankly, this government’s judgement cannot be trusted.”