Liberals made $190M decision to scrap power plant when behind in polls, Ontario’s finance minister admits

Originally posted on National Post | News:

TORONTO — The Liberal campaign decided to halt construction of a power plant in Mississauga days before last fall’s election when they were behind in the polls, Finance Minister Dwight Duncan admitted Thursday.

Ontario taxpayers are on the hook for $190-million for scrapping the project the Liberals had championed and supported until it looked like they might lose the Oct. 6 election.

“This was a campaign undertaking at a time when I think we were still behind in the polls, so it required a government decision which occurred after the election,” Duncan told the estimates committee.

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“There was no cabinet discussion prior to the election, formal or informal, about relocation (of the power plant).”

Duncan clashed repeatedly with Conservatives and New Democrats on the committee, who insisted the decision to stop construction on the power project was motivated solely by a desire to preserve Liberal seats in the vote-rich…

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