Posted by Tom Adams on 23 February 2016, 1:01 pm
What follows are my speaking notes for a deputation yesterday to the Ontario Legislature Committee on General Government. The committee transcripts are often slow to appear on the official site. These notes depart from my spoken comments slightly. I have also linked some of my comments to other resources. After my speaking notes, I have included brief comments on two of the other presentations, one by representatives of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers and another from York University Faculty of Environmental Studies Assistant Professor Mark Winfield.
Thank-you Mr. Chairman and members of the Committee.
The main focus of my remarks today is to address Schedule 1 of Bill 135, that its changes to the Green Energy and Green Economy Act (GEA).
That schedule of Bill 135 would empower the Ontario government to order any consumer of any size, from the largest manufacturer to the smallest household, to use a government-approved consultant to report to the government all of that consumer’s energy and water usage. Further, the legislation would arm government with powers to order targeted consumers to file with the government a conservation plan. Government would be able to publish the consumer’s data. Bill 135 does not include provisions for penalties for non-compliance or penalties for consumers whose reported energy and water uses seems disagreeable to some government official, but it does not seem to be a leap to anticipate that, if the Ontario legislature continues on its current trajectory toward more central planning, that such penalties may be forthcoming.
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