Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Liberals Want Mayors of Mississauga, Oakville to Testify on Cancelled Gas Plants

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Liberals Want Mayors of Mississauga, Oakville to Testify on Cancelled Gas Plants

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Liberals want mayors to testify on gas plants

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TORONTO - Ontario's Liberals want the mayors of Mississauga and Oakville to be among the first to testify before a legislative committee looking into the party's decisions to cancel gas plants in both cities.

Liberal sources say Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion and Oakville's Rob Burton top the party's list of witnesses to be called before the justice committee, which will resume hearings Thursday.

The Liberals want the mayors and leaders of citizen activist groups to talk about the extent of local opposition to the gas-fired generating stations.

The Progressive Conservatives plan to call former energy minister Chris Bentley and Peter Wallace, the secretary of cabinet, in addition to former House of Commons speaker Peter Milliken.

The New Democrats want to call Jamison Steeve, Dalton McGuinty's former principal secretary along with energy experts.

Each party has been asked to submit a list of its first five witnesses to be called before the committee, which had its mandate broadened to examine all aspects of the cancelled gas plants.

The Tories also plan to call McGuinty and his successor, Kathleen Wynne, who was Liberal campaign co-chair when the Mississauga plant was halted in mid-construction.

Wynne has said she would be willing to appear before the committee and promised to release all the documents and other information the opposition parties request.

Earlier Tuesday, the Liberals escaped one of two contempt motions over the release of documents on cancelled gas plants when Speaker Dave Levac ruled they did not intentionally mislead the legislature.

It's clear then-energy minister Chris Bentley and other Liberal cabinet ministers were wrong last September to repeatedly insist all the gas plant documents had been released, when another 20,000 pages turned up in October, said Levac. …

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