Sousa on wind turbines, “going forward”

Ontario Wind Resistance

The Star
Communities that don’t want wind turbines or power plants should have a bigger say on where they’re located, Liberal leadership candidate Charles Sousa said Saturday after launching his campaign.

The former citizenship and immigration minister, who successfully lobbied Premier Dalton McGuinty into scrapping power plants in Oakville and Mississauga at a cost of at least $230 million to taxpayers, told reporters that municipalities need more control.

“I will take every step possible to ensure that the communities have a voice in anything that we do going forward,” the Mississauga South MPP said at a banquet hall in the riding.

“I’ve always said we should have legislation to allow for proper (setback) distances and the cumulative impact of emissions to protect the health and safety of those communities.”

Sousa, 54, defended his efforts to stop the two power plants — widely opposed by local residents and both opposition parties…

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