We invited the Liberal Party to respond to our questions to party leaders, and we did receive an email from a Party Representative that answers would be forthcoming.
When our commentary appeared on our Website on May 29, we had not received a further response from the Liberal Party. So we examined the Party Website to see what it told us. As we reported to you, very little.
Today, June 4th, we received a response dated May 27 signed by Premier Wynne. Accordingly we have revised our previous commentary.
Following the questions in our letter, the Liberal Platform sets out these points of future action:
Commitment to 2020 emission reduction targets employing
- better transit that will reduce gridlock, lessening emissions from motor vehicles;
- new rules regarding use of cleaner fuels such as biodiesel.
- tools to reduce energy needs for existing buildings; and
- reduced consumption of coal by big, energy-intensive industries.
A program that will put a price on Carbon
The Party Promises continuing consultations with industry to “ensure Ontario adopts an effective GHG emissions reduction program that strikes the right balance for effected sectors”. The Ontario Liberal Party prefers an approach “that provides the appropriate amount of flexibility so that a variety of cost- effective compliance options are available to meet reduction targets.”
Consultation Paper: “Greenhouse Gas Emission Reductions in Ontario”
To finalize this matter Ontario needs the Federal Government to first draft sector-by-sector targets.
Steps to Increase more power generation from emerging renewables.
The Liberals long term plan is built around 5 key principles –cost-effectiveness, reliability, clean energy, community engagement . . . and conservation – which will be the first option to be considered.
There will be additional wind, solar and bioenergy by 2021 giving Ontario a total of 10,700 megawatts on line, increasing to an expected total of 20, 000 megawatts of renewable energy online by 2025.
Our reaction: a “steady as she goes program”. There is not much in the way of “leadership”. There is nothing like the ambition to be foremost in the fight against climate change such as we saw when the Liberal Party introduced the Green Energy Act in 2009.