The recent decisions by General Motors and BASF SE to build new electric vehicle parts plants in Quebec is a clear sign that Ontario is at a competitive disadvantage in attracting new manufacturing investment because of our increasing reliance on natural gas plants for generating electricity.
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Quebec is clearly the preferred province to invest as a result of its clean electricity supply, and both companies cited the clean energy grid in Quebec as a major reason to locate in that province.
Premier Doug Ford’s deliberate neglect of clean energy in favour of natural gas is a major deterrent to new manufacturing investment in Ontario as companies are increasingly being held to account for their carbon footprints. A clean energy supply should be the highest priority for Ontario to attract new industrial investment.
When Ford elected, he spent $231 million to cancel 758 green energy projects. He then sued the federal government, spending $30 million of tax money to fight the carbon tax and he lost in court.
Ford also scrapped incentive programs for buyers of electric vehicles and cancelled plans to build electric charging stations across the province.
Ford also promised, when elected, to reduce our electricity bills. Instead, the cost of electricity has increased along with greenhouse gas emissions. His failure to invest in clean energy and instead increase the amount of electricity produced by natural gas will see our emissions rise more than 400 per cent as reported by the Independent Electricity System Operator.
Ford is recklessly taking Ontario in the wrong direction in so many ways, but his obstinate opposition to clean green energy is a decision that will be disastrous to our economy and also our efforts to address climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
If you care about these things, as we all should, then you should not re-elect this man as premier, nor any of his candidates as MPPs.