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Financial responsibility key principle in energy plan

Treat Hull, the Green Party’s candidate for MPP in Prince Edward – Hastings called for financial responsibility as a key principle in the province’s energy policy during a town hall meeting in Picton Tuesday night.

“The province has an all-time record debt level, which means we have to focus our limited resources on the energy investments where they will do the most good”, Hull said. “The Liberals are trying to push ahead with industrial wind at a price of 13.5 cents a kilowatt hour, while equally clean hydro-electric energy could be developed at half the cost according to the government’s own figures.”

“The Liberal and the Tories are both agreed that they will move forward with massive new nuclear projects worth over $30 billion dollars. In addition to environmental concerns, continued massive investment in nuclear represents a major financial risk for the province. No nuclear project in Ontario has ever been delivered on time and on budget. Taxpayers are still paying off the debt retirement charge from the last round of nuclear spending.”

If elected as MPP, Hull said he would support legislation to make it impossible for nuclear contractors to pass their cost over-runs onto the taxpayer.

The town hall meeting was attended by 20 people at the “Give-Em-Hull” campaign office in Picton and was the first of six such meeting which Hull’s will host on different topics around the riding over the next two months.
A  town hall meeting on Sustainable Health Care is set for Monday, June 27th from 7-9 p.m. at the Bloomfield Town Hall.
Hull will present the Green Party’s action plan, followed by discussion moderated by Dr. Robert McMurtry, formerly Special Advisor to the Romanov Royal Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada.

“The meeting will focus on what can be done to preserve universal access and to make our health system sustainable in the face of spiraling costs and growing demand,” said Hull.
The meeting will address:
· How can we curb spending without compromising care?
· How can we do more to promote health and prevent illness?
· How can we help seniors to stay out of hospitals and in their homes?
· How can we regain local control over healthcare

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