Premier Wynne ends electricity separatism

Quebec-Ontario alliance underscores lack of leadership in Ottawa…

Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard, left, and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne sign a memorandum of agreement, one of four inked after a daylong Ontario-Quebec joint cabinet meeting.
Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard, left, and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne sign a memorandum of agreement, one of four inked after a daylong Ontario-Quebec joint cabinet meeting.

Last Friday Premier Wynne signed a breakthrough agreement with the Premier of Quebec that will end Ontario’s 100-year old policy of electricity separatism.

Starting next year Ontario will provide Quebec with 500 megawatts of electricity supply in the winter when Quebec power demand peaks, while Quebec will provide Ontario with the same in the summer when air conditioning drives up our electricity usage.

Even more importantly, the two provinces have agreed to investigate the potential for a long-term electricity supply contract, which would allow Ontario to import water power from Quebec instead of re-building some or all of its aging nuclear reactors.  Water power imports from Quebec could save Ontario consumers $14 billion over 20 years by allowing Ontario to phase-out Darlington’s aging reactors.

With notes from Ontario Clean Air Alliance