Premier of Ontario
In late April 2005, McGuinty announced the closure of the Lakeview coal-fired generating station, one of Ontario’s largest polluters. Although the McGuinty government originally promised to close all coal-burning plants by 2007, Energy Minister Dwight Duncan announced on June 14, 2005 that this was no longer possible, and that the that Nanticoke Coal Plant will not close until 2009.
On August 17, 2006, Foreign Direct Investment magazine (a British magazine owned by the Financial Times) named Dalton McGuinty “personality of the year” for encouraging investment in the auto sector, for developing a plan to increase energy production, and for promoting research and innovation.
On June 14, 2006, Energy Minister Dwight Duncan announced the McGuinty government’s twenty-year electricity plan, which committed to spending forty-six billion dollars on rebuilding all of the province’s ageing reactors. The plan also made the McGuinty government the first Ontario government since the 1970s to commit to building new nuclear stations. The plan also pushed back again the schedule for closing Ontario’s coal stations to 2014. In response to the government’s announcement, Greenpeace activists occupied Energy Minister Dwight Duncan’s offices.
The day after the McGuinty government announced its long-term electricity plan the Globe and Mail published a front page story that the government had quietly passed a regulation to ‘exempt’ its energy plan from an environmental assessment.
The government’s decision to exempt the government’s electricity plan was criticized by some environmental organizations. In a press release, Greenpeace the David Suzuki Foundation and the Pembina Institute noted that they had provided the government a legal opinion prepared by the Canadian Environmental Law Association, which concluded that the government’s energy plan would be subject to the province’s Environmental Assessment Act.
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