Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Tories Revive Contempt Motion against Liberals for Cancelling Gas Plants

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Tories Revive Contempt Motion against Liberals for Cancelling Gas Plants

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Tories revive contempt motion over gas plants

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TORONTO - The Progressive Conservatives didn't even wait for Tuesday's throne speech opening the new session of the Ontario legislature before reviving the contempt of parliament charge against the Liberals over cancelled gas plants in Oakville and Mississauga.

The Tories announced they would write Speaker Dave Levac asking him to consider the contempt motion before the throne speech, although debate on the motion itself would not come before Wednesday.

"It's becoming increasingly clear that MPPs have been obstructed from obtaining the truth about the gas plant cancellations," said Conservative Todd Smith.

"I intend to raise this issue with the Speaker to find out who ordered the coverup, and what else the McGuinty-Wynne Liberals are hiding."

The contempt motion names former energy minister Chris Bentley, who resigned his seat last week, but the Tories say it's really about finding out who made the decisions to cancel the two gas plants and who ordered the coverup of relevant documents.

"This is more than a contempt motion against one individual," said Smith. "It's about protecting taxpayers and holding an increasingly shady government to account."

Premier Kathleen Wynne said she didn't want to see legislative business come to a standstill again to deal with the contempt motion.

"I really hope that we're not going to be tied up," she said.

"I've asked the auditor general to take on looking at both of the gas plants; we've offered a select committee; I've said that I will appear before the committee, so I have offered to be as open as I possibly can."

Wynne has said she wasn't involved in any meetings or decisions to cancel the two energy projects, which cost Ontario taxpayers at least $230 million.

The Opposition estimates the true cost of the cancellations could top $1 billion, and point out Wynne was the Liberal campaign co-chair in 2011 when the party halted the Mississauga gas plant in mid-construction just days before the Oct. …

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