Horwath demands one-year moratorium on gas plant

QUEEN’S PARK — NDP Leader Andrea Horwath is demanding a one-year moratorium on the building of a polluting gas plant in south Mississauga to allow for an independent review of the health impacts on local residents and examine all alternatives.

“If the McGuinty government is so committed to green energy, why is it bulldozing ahead with a polluting gas plant?” asked Horwath during today’s Question Period, where dozens of residents and municipal politicians from Mississauga and Oakville, including Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion, had gathered following a morning press conference at Queen’s Park.

“Why does the McGuinty government insist on building a billion-dollar polluting gas plant when electricity demand is down, when 23,000 residents have signed a petition against the plant, and when air pollution contributes to the premature deaths of more than 1,000 residents of Peel and Halton each and every year?” added Horwath.

Residents of the Clarkson air shed are particularly vulnerable to increased air pollution. According to the Ministry of the Environment, the area has air that is already over-stressed with pollution levels 14 per cent higher than the Ontario average.

Despite growing opposition, the McGuinty government is expected to give the plant the go-ahead later this week.

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