Letter - Wind Concerns group stands behind citizens

The Regional

Aug. 18, 2010

A news report from the Owen Sound Sun Times indicates that while the municipality of Arran-Elderslie attempts to protect the health and safety of their community and uphold the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, wind developers are gathering their resources to launch legal action against them.

Wined Concerns Ontario is proud to stand with the Municipal Council of Arran-Elderslie as it faces legal action from the wind industry for standing up for its citizens. We will stand with the duly elected councils in Ontario's municipalities against the outright war being declared upon them in the courts and in the legislature by Queen's Park and their friends in the Industrial Wind lobby.

Wind Concerns Ontario and its 45 member organizations pledges full support to every municipality demonstrating the courage to stand up for its citizens and for the democratic process. We will support our duly elected municipal representatives as they defend Ontariio from an unprecedented attack by this industry and its Liberal friends.

Whether the wind industry's pressure lobby likes it or not, even in Dalton McGuinty's Ontario, citizens still have constitutional rights that supersede sweet-heart deals made with the provincial government. The action Arran-Elderslie took demonstrated that and the wind industry's bizarre legal action will only go to prove it in court.

As an organization Wind Concerns Ontario applauds the leadership of Arran-Elderslie in invoking the charter to protect its citizens from an out of control, lawless wind industry.

We will be watching carefully as Arran-Elderslie champions the right of municipalities to control their destiny and make decisions that are in the best interest of their citizens, not an industry with a staggering lack of concern for public safety, the rule of law, human health, the environment or local democracy.

We are seeing a desperate parasitic industry whose product cannot survive real world levels of regulation, oversight or efficiency lash out at those who stand in their way of the rich taxpayer funded subsidies.

As municipalities lake Arran-Elderslie stand up and fight back one thing is clear - this province belongs to the people and not the corporate interests of the Ontario Liberal Party.

John Laforet - President, Wind Concerns