May 07, 2013

By Jane Brown

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The New Democrats say they’ll be looking for the truth when former premier Dalton McGuinty testifies under oath  at 8:30 this morning about the cancelled gas plants in Oakville and Mississauga.  NDP leader Andrea Horvath says McGuinty has to come clean about when the Liberals knew their $230-million cost estimate for the gas plants was way too low.  PC leader Tim Hudak also has a wish list.  “I hope that Dalton McGuinty will tell us exactly what happened behind the scenes, why they decided to use about a billion dollars of taxpayers’ money to save Liberal seats in Oakville and Mississauga, and why they chose to cover it up.”

Last fall, Dalton McGuinty prorogued the legislature and announced his resignation following heated debate over the gas plant cancellations.  Since then, members of the justice committee have heard the cost of moving the gas plants elsewhere cost at least $585-million, not the $230-million McGuinty had been claiming.  Premier Kathleen Wynne testified last week and says she’s glad Dalton McGuinty will also answer questions.  “When I said that I wanted to open up the process and make sure that the committee could ask as broad a range of questions as they wanted and get the information and documentation that they wanted.  That included having the people that they wanted to hear from, come to the committee.  So I’m very glad that Dalton’s going to be there.”

Premier Wynne has been accused by opposition MPPs of being evasive when she testified at the gas plant hearings.

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