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Smith to host Town Hall on wind
Jan 12, 2012
Prince Edward-Hastings MPP Todd Smith says he’s putting the ‘public’ back in the public consultation process regarding the proposed wind development on Prince Edward County’s south shore.
Smith is hosting a town hall at St. Andrew’s Church in Picton on Feb. 2 at 6pm. Over the last week, Smith’s office has been working with stakeholders in Prince Edward County including environmental groups and groups of concerned citizens to set up the event.
“If the Liberals were interested in more thorough public consultation, they’d have extended the comment period. But we were the ones who had to get that done for Prince Edward County,” said Smith. “If they were serious about having more local input, they’d be in Picton setting up meetings like this. It’s difficult to tell how the Liberals intend to conduct a public consultation without consulting the public.”
Criticisms, he said, range from the lack of publicity surrounding the announcement of public consultation periods to a lack of serious consideration of concerns raised by members of the public during the process. Many have noted that construction on these projects has often gone on even while appeals are under consideration by the Ministry of Environment.
Smith has invited ministry officials responsible for overseeing the project and his caucus colleague and Opposition Energy Critic, Vic Fedeli, Nipissing MPP.
He notes Fedeli, the former mayor of North Bay, is considered one of the most well versed MPPs in the legislature when it comes to the Green Energy Act and its effects.
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