What does the so-called green Nation Rise Wind Farm have in common with the up-coming so-called green budget from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau?
Let’s start with Nation Rise.
This is not about reducing pollution nor about saving bats. It’s not about “green.” The only green is a lot of money. The return on equity is 11 per cent, after taxes. That’s guaranteed for 20 years.
That’s why Nation Rise easily bought off North Stormont with $6 million to stop their opposition.
Here are the facts about electricity in Ontario. Supply far exceeds demand. There is no meaningful energy storage. Wind power in wintertime generates 34 per cent of the maximum theoretical amount. In summer it is only 18 per cent. Wind power must be backed up nearly 50 per cent by gas-fired systems for when the wind drops. Solar doesn’t work at night.
The contracts give sun and wind systems unrestricted access to the power grid. Nuclear and hydro generators cannot be turned on/off at will like a light switch at home. The excess electricity is virtually given to the U.S.
One private utility in Michigan gave its customers rebates stating it was because of the very cheap power from Ontario. One utility in Florida invested in Ontario wind farms. It also gave rebates to its clients.
From 2006-32, the Ontario Liberals, with their Green Energy Act, will have cost Ontario $170 billion, without adding one useful kilowatt. Think of what we could have done for our seniors and homeless with that money.
In 2007, former premier Dalton McGuinty promised 35,000 new long-term care beds. Only 2,789 new beds materialized.
The brains behind this technical and financial fiasco is Gerald Butts.
What does this have to do with Trudeau’s upcoming so-called green budget?
Butts and Trudeau have been close friends since meeting at McGill University in the 1990s. The friendship is so close that Butt helped Trudeau write the eulogy for Trudeau’s father.
He was principal secretary to Trudeau during the SNC-Lavalin scandal. Butts resigned. He, however, has quietly resurfaced as a member of the advisory group to Trudeau’s Task Force for a Resilient Recovery.
Do you trust Trudeau? I don’t. He has no integrity.
Look at his track record.
1. He lacks ethics.
There’s no shortage of examples: Aga Khan trips, SNC-Lavalin scandal, Vice-Admiral Norman affair, WE contract, and sweetheart deals with cronies. He seems to believe the rules of ethical behaviour do not apply to him. He is only sorry, if at all, when he’s caught. How often has he not been caught?
Others, like Jody Watson-Raybould and Jane Philpott take the fall.
2. Admires the basic dictatorship of China.
He tried to obtain sweeping power to spend, borrow and change taxes without Parliamentary approval until the end of 2021. Thankfully, Parliament stopped him.
He tried to muzzle the press. Newspapers were going broke. He offered $600 million for those newspapers deemed worthy.
3. He blames others.
“We… all have to ask… how it came to this.”
Yes, successive governments have failed seniors. Trudeau was as responsible as the others. There were major federal studies highlighting the problems in 2018, 2019.
Since 2015, under Trudeau, public health spending was reduced (in spite of massive spending elsewhere), warehousing for the National Emergency Strategic Stockpile was reduced, and PPE stock were greatly lowered. Trudeau tried to blame the former Conservative government.
4. He name-calls to avoid facts
Nearly 57,000 border-hoppers have entered Canada, mostly in Quebec, since 2017. This Trudeau decision cost Quebec and Ontario some $380 million. Meanwhile, some 35,000 seniors in Ontario wait for long-term care.
Many border-hoppers went through New York City. The only work they could find in Quebec was in health care. Quebec was hard-hit in senior homes during the pandemic.
Anyone objecting to the border-hoppers was labelled a racist by Trudeau. He gets around facts by emotive name-calling.
5. A perpetual spender
Trudeau solves problems by increasing spending. “The budget will balance itself,” he said before being elected.
In the good economy of 2016-19 the total deficit was $56 billion. The original projected deficit for 2020-23 was $94 billion.
In comes the pandemic, and he obtained total freedom to spend. This year alone, the deficit will be $343 billion. The polls show Canadians like Trudeau’s liberal spending. It’s not hard to be popular giving the equivalent, to each person in Canada, of some $7,000.
There are no consequences to his largesse, or so it seems in the short-term. In the long-term, ask those in Greece or Argentina what happens. It’s not pretty!
I’m hoping Parliament works as intended to bring a balanced view. It’s highly unlikely though.
Trudeau, with his dictatorial bent, short on ethics, with his love of spending, hiding behind words like “green” or” inclusive,” and using name-calling to hide flaws, plans to go on a spending spree like never seen before.
Restraint is a dirty word. Bill Morneau found that out. He bit the dust in one day.
It’s certain the NDP will support Trudeau. Otherwise, there would be an election with many Canadians voting, for what appears to be, free money.
Combine the fiasco creation of Butts with Trudeau’s sense of entitlement.
This is how you spell debacle.
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