Former Premier Kathleen Wynne admits Ontario electricity mistakes

The former leader of Ontario’s government says now, they weren’t listening to warnings about electricity costs. No kidding. [Shutterstock photo]
January 8, 2022

Former premier of Ontario Kathleen Wynne is not seeking re-election this coming June, after 18 years as an MPP, and five years as premier (2013-2018).

She recently gave an interview to Paul Wells of Macleans magazine in which she admitted mistakes had been made on the Ontario electricity file.

She mentioned the decision the Ontario Liberal government took to cancel two natural gas power plants due to local opposition and put them in other locations–a move that cost billions. It appears they weren’t really paying attention, she says now.

“I think when we got into situations like defending what had happened around the decisions around the gas plants you realize, holy mackerel. How did this happen? How did we get here? Which parts of this were we not paying attention to?”

Wells asked Ms Wynne what part of her government’s experience showed they weren’t listening to advice, and she said, the electricity sector.

“I score myself very low on the electricity price. I believed that the investments that we had made in the electricity sector were important. The first bill I ever spoke to in the House, before I made my maiden speech, was Bill 100 which was the beginning of the transformation of the electricity system. We were going to make big changes in terms of the the supply mix and greening the grid and investing in the grid. I think it’s 50 billion dollars that we invested in upgrading the grid. I believed in that.

But I remember sitting beside Gerry Phillips [Dalton McGuinty’s minister of energy at the time] in many meetings and he would say, ‘We’re piling up a lot of debt here. Electricity prices are going to have to go up. How are we going to pay for this?’ I heard it. But as a member of caucus and cabinet, I don’t think I took it seriously enough.”

Her response seems rather sanguine, considering that Ontario’s electricity prices, which more than doubled, forced businesses to leave the province, resulting in lost jobs. A new term, “energy poverty” arose, and people told stories of having to choose whether to “heat or eat.” The Ontario Association of Food Banks blamed electricity bills for escalated food bank use in its 2016 Hunger Report.

And she makes no mention whatsoever of the shambles the green energy push was for Ontario: two Auditors General noted the exorbitant costs and the overpayment to power generators, and the fact that the province’s electricity ratepayers are stuck with contracts for intermittent wind power for as long as 20 more years.

“If you’ve sat at the cabinet table for six or seven years, you can’t disavow everything that has been done,” Wynne told Macleans.



What's your reaction?


  • Stan Thayer
    Posted January 11, 2022 9:39 am 0Likes

    What a parasite!
    So in the Liberal political world any planned atrocities can be corrected by saying,,,, gee I’m really sorry.
    I am one of the power workers that was ignored, ask me if the affects of the Green Energy Act has lessoned from my perspective.
    This morning, Tuesday January 11th 2022, the total output for the last hour from the Chrysler windfarm was 12 megawatts into a grid demand of 21,000 megawatts. As I drove through the middle of the Chrysler windfarm on highway 43, I counted 11 turbines of the Chrysler windfarm running slowly off the grid and they looked as if they were loaded with ice from the freezing rain on Sunday. The temperature when I left this morning was -29 C so I guess the heaters in those blades just can’t get them above freezing.
    All I want Kathleen Wynne to realize is how long those turbines need to operate before they make up for the power they have used in the last two days and nights.
    Ignorance is bliss for some!

    Stan the power man

  • Brian
    Posted January 14, 2022 3:43 pm 0Likes

    Hey Stan, how come you don’t raise hell on the fact that we have 8000 MW’s (8GW’s) of Gas generation that we pay a fortune for and those 52 Gas plants only produce 6% of power in 2019 ???! That means only 2 months of the year in total. Less than the 5GW’s of wind at 8% and just above the 3 GW’s of solar at 4%…we pay for those plants not generating power in the GA. Wind and solar cost on $12 per household, not even per person, per household.

  • Brian
    Posted January 14, 2022 3:52 pm 0Likes

    Please name the company that left Ontario due to high electricity prices? Just complete BS. The only time we have a reduction in manufacturing jobs is when the Canadian dollar is high due to a high price of oil. Even Trump knows that…

  • Brian
    Posted January 14, 2022 3:59 pm 0Likes

    Hey Stan just went to Gridwatch for live IESO scan…Wind 14%, Gas 13% Solar says 1% but you need to multiply by 6 since only 400MW of the 3000 MW’s installed is live monitored.

  • Sommer
    Posted January 14, 2022 6:03 pm 0Likes

    Could someone explain to me why this experiment with industrial wind turbines, which were sited too close to the homes of innocent men, women and children, who did not consent to being subjects of this experiment, is not a violation of the Nuremberg code? These people attended meetings in advance of the project being built, where they were assured by representatives of the wind industry that they would not be harmed by trespassing audible noise and sub audible pulsations. So, not only did they not have the freedom to say “I do not consent’, because the Green Energy Act stripped them of that right, but they were lied to regarding the potential for harm.
    This is not a medical experiment but without proper health studies having been done to ascertain safety of nearby residents, it was/is an experiment that has certainly had health implications.
    Curt Devlin made an excellent case for this situation being a violation of the Nuremberg Code.

  • Sommer
    Posted January 14, 2022 6:16 pm 0Likes

    This is the talk that Curt Devlin gave regarding human experimentation with wind farms as a violation of the Nuremberg Code.

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