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Powerful chance for trouble 

Credit:  By Christina Blizzard, QMI Agency, www.torontosun.com 2 June 2012 ~~

Samsung signs a deal to build the world’s largest solar and wind project with Six Nations of the Grand.

What could possibly go wrong?

Well, Caledonia, that’s what.

Energy Minister Chris Bentley talked Thursday about how we should be “celebrating” the deal – estimated to be in the region of $500 million in total, with $55 million of that going to Six Nations.

This is the first phase of the giant $7-billion deal with Samsung.

What are they thinking?

This is the same Six Nations that’s held the Caledonia community hostage for six years.

It’s the same group whose protesters have taken over some 10 hydro towers on a new $110-million transmission line from Niagara and refused to allow Hydro One to string wires between them.

Now we’re paying them to produce expensive wind and solar power?

Any sane government would have insisted any deal had to be contingent on calling off the DCE protesters.

A reasonable deal would have been to tell them to call off Mohawk warriors from the hydro towers and allow the line to go forward.

Or was that all part of the master plan?

Stop the cheap power from Niagara so we’d be forced to take the expensive solar and wind power.

The hydro power generated at Niagara is some of the cheapest, greenest power in the world, yet OPG has been forced to spill water at Niagara Falls, because under the terms of the Green Energy Act, we must buy wind and solar first.

The government is spending more than $1 billion to build the “Big Becky” tunnel under Niagara Falls to increase the power generated there – but there’s nowhere for it to go as long as native protesters hold up transmission lines.

Then the government allows Samsung to sign a deal with the very group that’s hijacked the hydro line, occupied land and terrorized an entire neighbourhood in Caledonia?

It’s beyond belief.

“We’re very excited by the opportunities the Six Nation agreement with Samsung represents,” said Energy Minister Chris Bentley.

“Exciting” is one word to describe it. “Terrifying” is another.

We’ll all be on the edge of our seats waiting to see what happens.

Part of the problem in Caledonia is that the chief doesn’t always speak for all the residents of his community.

There are splinter groups that make negotiation almost impossible.

Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett said some of the wind turbines aren’t even going on first nation land.

“As I understand, money is changing hands for wind towers that are not going on the Six Nation reserve. These are going in Haldimand County,” he said.

Homeowners in his area are “scratching their heads,” as to why the McGuinty government is doing business with the very people who have made their lives miserable. And like so many other parts of this province, there’s widespread opposition to the wind turbines.

This new project is a toxic mix. On the one hand, you have wind turbines that have caused protests by residents across the province.

It will force up the price of electricity, while a cheaper alternative sits unused. Throw in the unpredictability of doing business with Six Nations and you just know this deal will end in tears.

The McGuinty government botched the DCE take-over.

They botched the transmission line issue.

The government that wants to push gambling on us as a way to solve our debt crisis is now playing roulette with our tax money in the Samsung deal. Because make no mistake, this is a tax subsidized project.

What’s most shocking is that, after the six year stalemate in Caledonia, you’d have thought the Liberals would have learned you never negotiate with terrorists.

Source:  By Christina Blizzard, QMI Agency, www.torontosun.com 2 June 2012

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