Progressive Conservative and Liberal candidates support Hydro One’s proposal to build a new $635 million high-voltage transmission line from the Bruce Nuclear Station to the Town of Milton, according to a survey released by the Ontario Clean Air Alliance today.

The proposed Bruce Line is supported by Progressive Conservative candidates Bill Murdoch (Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound) and Rob Morley (Huron-Bruce); and Liberal candidates Selwyn Hicks (Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound) and Betsy Hall (Dufferin-Caledon).

The proposed line is opposed by Green Party candidates Shane Jolley (Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound), Ben Polley (Guelph), Victoria Serda (Huron-Bruce), and Martin Lavictoire (Wellington-Halton Hills); and NDP candidate Karen Mann-Bowers (Guelph).

According to the Ontario Power Authority’s public statements, the proposed line is necessary to bring electricity from Bruce Power’s currently shutdown nuclear reactors (which are forecast to be re-started in 2009) and new wind power projects to southern Ontario. However, according to evidence filed by Hydro One at the Ontario Energy Board (OEB), this is really just media spin. In its filings, Hydro One admits that upgrades to the existing line that are already in the pipeline will be adequate to handle this additional load. Hydro One has told the OEB that the real purpose of the new line would be to increase system reliability – something that can be done much more quickly and cheaply by promoting energy conservation and small-scale local generation in southern Ontario.

And if reliability is the real issue, why is Hydro One proposing to build the new line right alongside the existing line? Wouldn’t a tornado or ice storm that knocks down the existing line also knock out the proposed new line?

The full responses of the candidates can be viewed at:

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Jack Gibbons, Chair
Ontario Clean Air Alliance
402-625 Church St, Toronto M4Y 2G1
Phone: 416-926-1907 ext. 240
Fax: 416-926-1601