Steven Del Duca and the Ontario Liberal Party are asking for ideas on how to improve life in Ontario. As part of their efforts to develop a compelling platform for the next election they are calling on the people of Ontario to weigh in on what their priorities should be. A look at some of the statements on the party’s consultation website makes it clear that the Liberals need to hear from you, especially on two subjects:
Climate change: The Liberals are suggesting a plan to reach net zero greenhouse gas pollution “within a generation.” It is vague targets like this that have led to Canada missing pollution reduction target after target. The Liberal Party should be encouraged to adopt much more specific language with hard targets and full accountability measures. For example, Steven Del Duca should match Andrea Horwath’s (NDP) and Mike Schreiner’s (GPO) promise to phase-out Ontario’s gas-fired power plants by 2030.
Steven Del Duca, Leader, Liberal Party of Ontario
Small nuclear reactors: Amazingly, the Liberals cling to the idea that small nuclear reactors are an acceptable way to fight climate change despite the fact that solar and wind power can keep our lights on at less than half the cost of OPG’s proposed new GTA nuclear reactor without producing toxic radioactive wastes.
According to the International Energy Agency, renewables will account for 95% of the growth in global power capacity during the next five years. It’s time for the Ontario Liberal Party to move on from its love affair with nuclear energy and recognize that the future (and the present) belongs to renewables. By integrating our wind and solar energy with Quebec’s hydro-electric reservoirs, which can act like a giant battery, we can convert intermittent wind and solar energy into a firm 24/7 source of baseload renewable electricity supply for Ontario.