Chris Selley: Ontario’s Liberals won’t stop making gas-plant excuses

National Post | Full Comment

The strange, complicated dance of accountability over Ontario’s cancelled gas-fired power plants continues at Queen’s Park. It has almost gotten to the point where blame is being doled out in inverse proportion to the extent to which people deserve it.

For weeks, newly minted Premier Kathleen Wynne had expressed “regret” over the decision to kill the plants, or at least the cost of doing so — current estimates are in the $600-million range — in order to save some Liberal ridings. But she conspicuously did not apologize.

Then, last week, ex-premier Dalton McGuinty slithered into a witness chair and accepted responsibility for the mess in his inimitable fashion. It cost too much money, he conceded. But he didn’t regret cancelling the plants. He merely regretted not realizing sooner that the presence of such plants would condemn Oakville and Mississauga’s children to life in what he described as a sort of…

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