Ontario should play role in moving resourses: Wynne – by Antonella Artuso (Toronto Sun – October 25, 2013)


TORONTO — Ontario has a big role to play helping sister provinces move their natural resources across the country in a responsible way, Premier Kathleen Wynne says.

Wynne is in the midst of a whirlwind western tour where oil and gas, along with CPP enhancements and a national securities regulator, will be up for discussion with Alberta Premier Alison Redford and Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger.

As First Nations and environmental protesters increasingly gear up to battle pipelines and other energy projects, Wynne said she thinks there is a way to move forward with these types of initiatives.

“It’s quite evident, if you look at what’s happened over the past few months, whether you’re talking about rail or whether you’re talking about pipe or whether you’re talking about road, there are issues and there are challenges associated with transporting resources like this,” Wynne told QMI Agency on Thursday. “So we have to do everything in our power to make sure that the safety and environmental precautions are in place.

“Having said that, it would be hypocritical of me to say that we don’t need to work with Alberta on transportation of oil because we’re not connected. That would be hypocritical because we are connected.”

Ontario has seen significant upheaval in its own energy system with the $1.1 billion cancellation of two gas plants, the second increase in hydro rates in a year and a rural backlash against wind turbines.

A nearly built transmission line that cuts through a First Nations land claim in Caledonia, Ont., remains incomplete.

The provincial government has also just announced it will abandon its plan to build two new nuclear reactors after spending $180 million.

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