There are 3 main reasons the Liberals are much worse on the Gas Plant file.Except that ALL the provincial parties wanted to cancel the gas plants.
- They were the ones in power when the locations were chosen, so they had the ability to cancel them when cancellation costs would been less (or non-existent).
- The biggest financial costs from the Gas Plants were from the Oakville plant (about $700M), which was cancelled about a year before the election. The Mississauga one, which was cancelled during the election, was well under half the cost of the Oakville one ($300M). And the Auditor found that the Liberals paid significant penalties that were not warrented just to get it to go away quietly. (The whole thing could have died for little or no penalty if and when Oakville would not grant the zoning changes). The Liberals paid these huge sums because they wanted to be seen to be cancelling the unpopular plant. If they just wanted the plants cancelled, they would have just waited for the process to play out and Oakville would not have given the zoning changes.
- The Liberals deleted the public records around the cancellation.