Election talk is building and I don’t mean in Madagascar where a presidential election will be held in October, or in Mauritania where voters might pick parliamentary and municipal leaders this fall.
The election talk is starting right here in Ontario even though there’ll be no balloting until 2014.
Folks leading the charge against wind turbine developments in rural Ontario are talking up next fall’s municipal elections.
(Cartoon character Maxine says they hold elections in the fall because that’s the best time to pick a turkey. But I digress.)
A well-known leader of the wind resistance, Lorrie Gillis of the Flesherton area, is reminding other protesters that there’s only a little over a year until the next vote.
In an e-mail slugged “important,” Gillis said the time is now to start educating local municipalities about wind power and the accompanying issues that have torn rural Ontario apart.
She’s suggesting wind protesters find “good candidates to work for the people rather than for the wind industry.”
Gillis says it’s a safe bet that pro-wind forces are doing the same thing.
The protester also predicts the province will see “some big angry mobs this fall.”
The call to arms comes on the heels of a decision this week by Saugeen Shores council to ask the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) to shut down its wind turbine in Port Elgin.
The CAW has had a fashionable family education centre in Port Elgin for many years and several months ago started up a giant wind turbine at the site.
With some 100 homes within 500 metres of the turbine, it is arguably the poorest location in Ontario for such a behemoth.
The CAW turbine was approved before the current setback limit of 550 metres came into effect.
Saugeen Shores council made its decision after a standing-room-only public meeting at the community’s sportsplex.
An opposition group has gathered information from families affected by the turbine. Many report headaches, vertigo, tremors, sleep deprivation and night sweats.
Saugeen Shores council fought a protracted battle against the turbine, dating back to 2006 with no success.
But it is willing to keep trying.
Turbine opponents will attempt to set a world record in Saugeen Shores on Labour Day for the number of people standing shoulder to shoulder to spell “Help.”
Efforts to reach Dean Fowler, director of the CAW centre, were unsuccessful.
About the same time all this talk about wind turbines was going on, Premier Kathleen Wynne was asking Ontario voters to ignore the Liberal record in the provincial election, which could come as early as next May.
Wynne says voters should forget about what the Grits have done while in power since 2003.
She wants her party to be judged by its intentions, not its actions.
You know what they say about good intentions and the road to hell.
This kind of talk from the premier comes at a time when the Canadian Taxpayers Federation tells us Ontario’s debt is growing at the rate of $372 per second.
Which means the debt went up about 10 Gs in the time it took you to read this column.
In spite of all the promises and current “good intentions” it’s hard to see that the Liberals understand the seriousness of this issue or have any viable plan to fix it.
It’s beyond me how anyone can think that’s a good thing.
Or that the perpetrators should be given another chance to make it worse.
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