September 21, 2016

More layoffs at Canadian solar company? Time for another taxpayer bailout!

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

Ontario has the highest power prices in North America, even though we have a surplus of some of the cheapest power on earth, thanks in part to the hundred year old dams at Niagara Falls.

But Ontarians aren’t allowed to use that power. Because the last Liberal premier, Dalton McGuinty, and his policy guru, Gerald Butts, passed the Green Energy Act.

That means that if there is a solar power station somewhere, or a wind turbine somewhere, the government power company signed contracts to buy their power first — at up to 80 cents per kilowatt hour. (The average cost of hydroelectric power in North America is about one cent.)

But what about all those wonderful “green” jobs building solar panels and wind turbines, like the 500 jobs at Canadian Solar Inc? The company started up in 2010, which great fanfare from politicians.

But by the next year, it was laying off staff. Well, no problem! Just give it more money, like a $3 million government grant. (Not a loan, a grant...)

But now there have been 130 more lay-offs at Canadian Solar.

Real companies driven out to lower-cost jurisdictions. Fake companies, succeeding through crony capitalism, lobbying and hand-outs. Politicians mugging for the cameras at the happy announcements and hiding when the disasters come to fruition. And all the while, ordinary Canadians paying the highest power prices in history.

All thanks to the Liberals...

NEXT: Joe Oliver, the former Minister of Finance and Minister of Natural Resources, is my guest to talk about these dysfunctional climate (and fiscal) policies.

THEN: Amber Ruddy, Alberta Director of Provincial Affairs for the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, joins me to discuss Alberta's minimum wage hike, and breaking down its tragic cost to small businesses in the province.

FINALLY: I respond to your messages to me!

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commented 2016-09-23 13:46:38 -0400
Gerald Butts’ policies already ruined the Ontario economy with McGuinty, but that was not enough, now he wants to take it national with his old pal Trudeau. This guy is a taker of the highest order as shown by his moving expenses of $125,000 for a job he coveted of which $21,000 were “discretionary” expenses. Now he feels remorseful because he got caught. I want to see how much he is being paid by Soros to bankrupt Canada.
commented 2016-09-23 03:23:58 -0400
Sorry for the typos.. that should read “first” and “entire”…
commented 2016-09-23 03:21:25 -0400
Good Old Ontari-ari-ario… Where the genius minds of George Westinghouse and Nikola Tesla built the firs A/C hydro generating stations to provide cheap electricity to light the entie world in the ensuing years… The present Winnie The Poo reality makes me puke…
commented 2016-09-22 13:10:15 -0400
Solar and Wind run on Govt Subsidies . . . when the Taxpayer funds stop . . . these useless devices are abandoned for the Taxpayer to clean up. Barstow California is the perfect example . . . drove through there last year . . . 1000s of abandoned windmills some still turning killing Raptors and other birds.
This is the realm of the insane Progressives . . . like Wynne and Trudough . . . who weak minded Canadians just luv . . .
I believe Canada is done like dinner . . . Only one province is in the “Black” today . . . only ONE Province still creating JOBS . . . but there are likely enough fools there to elect to elect the feckless NDP next May . . . and turn the clock back to the 90s, when unemployment, failing businesses and high taxes were the norm.
commented 2016-09-22 11:01:54 -0400
oops we mover here in 2000 not 2016 sorry
commented 2016-09-22 11:00:14 -0400
WOW! I have a 2300 sq,foot side split on 3 acres in Port Colborne . My electric bill was $158.00 and this month because of all the air conditioning during the August heat wave soared to $180.60 . And I thought we paid a ton for power. In 2016 when we moved here we paid $70.00 a month on average and $ 100.00 or so in winter. And were not n equal billing
commented 2016-09-22 10:53:49 -0400
notley will get hers next election. My guess is most NDP will see the writing on the wall and not even bother to run, The gov workers will protest and strike but they will be drastically cut back. Huge numbers of them will be eliminated. There jobs are not really that important anyways quite a few of them. No one would notice if they showed up or not. Kenny already has the NDP terrified he will slay them and he knows it. Not only the ndp but all of redfords liberals are now feeling some heat, they also know whats coming for them. Sandra jenson for one will be gone people are tired of the same old BS and the NDP and the redford liberals are just to thick headed to see it.
commented 2016-09-22 09:07:44 -0400
Lee Horsman said, “The Notley Crew just doesn’t get it, and they never will.”

There are a good deal of things the Notley crew does not and will never get. They are all unfit to govern the great province of Alberta … or any other province for that matter.
commented 2016-09-22 07:58:17 -0400
In the time it’s taken to not yet elect a new conservative leader or NDP leader, the UK has elected two Labour Party leaders of the opposition (same person twice), a new prime minister, a new leader of UKIP, a new Liberal Dem leader and new joint leaders of the Green Party. Why does it take so long in Canada? We desperately need an effective opposition to Selfie Boy. For Christ’s get on with it.
commented 2016-09-22 02:12:06 -0400
Jay makes me sick. Hoe he runs into one of the first sharia patrols.
commented 2016-09-22 02:11:12 -0400
Jay right wing voters did not ask Wynne and Dalton to screw things up you halfwit.
commented 2016-09-22 01:46:59 -0400
Rebelation Rebelation – Donald Trump is NOT a Socialist!! Listen to his rallies! & come to your own conclusion.
commented 2016-09-22 01:42:39 -0400
On the role of small business Government officials and Politicians have no clue. Which is why I wrote: Women may be From Venus and Men may be From Mars, But Entrepreneurs Live on Pluto:
commented 2016-09-21 23:39:50 -0400
Auto correct. “Green” business.
commented 2016-09-21 23:38:53 -0400
Obviously a guy should start some hare-brained “free” business to take advantage of the government largesse.
commented 2016-09-21 23:36:04 -0400
Jay, Ontario is screwed up so badly because it is run by a bunch of doctrinaire lefties. In every place where left wing government rule they screw up everything- not just the economy. Wynne and her ilk dragged Ontario down from its place of preeminence, you dope. When are you going to take that course on logic? You could then learn about the fallacy of confusing cause for effect.
commented 2016-09-21 23:33:03 -0400
My first job paid $1.95/hr. working in the back room at a fast food joint. They put me in the back room because it was a predominantly French-speaking community and I knew only English. By the time I left that job, I had gained some experience up front dealing with the customers, I was on a friendly basis with the local people, I had a car, a year and a half of college education, some administrative experience, and and a whole bunch of lifelong friends who, 40 years later, still express appreciation for the help I gave them to become more proficient in English.

The last pay cheque I got from this employer was for less than 4 bucks an hour but if I could go back and exchange any part of this experience for higher pay, I would say no thanks.
The Notley Crew just doesn’t get it, and they never will.
commented 2016-09-21 23:09:03 -0400
The Ontario Government under Kathleen Wynne should be ashamed.

A Province producing so much energy has screwed up so badly.

Many people complain that the Wynne government has already given in to right-wing voters who want her to throw in the towel and forget about Ontario being a leader in North America.
commented 2016-09-21 22:59:19 -0400
The reason they invented “social license” is because the science isn’t behind them. Simple!

One of the problems with raising minimum wage that’s never discussed, is the moral hazard it creates. If you can eek out a living without pushing yourself, going to post secondary, a lot of ppl will. It actually “reduces” ppl’s incomes and success in life over the longer term! I can speak to this first hand being an old fellow, as it was a common argument when we were teens. Why bother with Uni when I can go work in a factory and be fine? And as pointed out in the interview, a lot of youth aren’t getting those ever-important first jobs, or are getting reduced hours which they need to get experience and pay for post secondary. So as usual, the Lefty ideology always backfires – ALWAYS!!!

I notice something odd about Kellie Leitch. When listing Canadian values, she stated things like “hard work”. She didn’t mention any of the things you do Ezra, like equality of men and women, separation of mosque and state etc. I’m a tinsy bit concerned there’s a a bit of a wolf in sheep’s clothing going on here. It’s like she’s copying Trump, who’s rather socialist in many of his views. I’d like to see you probe a little deeper on this Ezra, and let’s gauge her responses! Don’t go too easy on her just cause we like her opening salvo to get the masses on board and get some attention.
commented 2016-09-21 22:50:40 -0400
Carrie Dodds – are you by any chance a relative of the late Bobby? Just wondering – he was an ol bud. One of NW Alberta’s finest!
commented 2016-09-21 22:29:31 -0400
It would seem that being a Politician, in these enlightened days, means nothing more than having a License to Rob, Steal and Con the general public of everything they have.

It is time for us all to stand up and say NO, enough is enough.

Begone ye foul trio.
commented 2016-09-21 22:09:42 -0400
China and India building 100s of coal fired electric generating plants.But dumb ass politicians in Gontario and Nuttyalberta are screwing everyone to show us how smart they are.The problem is money doesn’t grow on trees.But our debt is growing and growing with no end in sight.Don’t worry the budget will balance itself.Yeah right.
Today about 100 turbines shut off in Lakeshore and Tilbury area.
commented 2016-09-21 21:48:45 -0400
Oliver, ever a politician skillfully avoided answering the first critical question which is foundational to all that follows, carbon tax, wind turbines, freeze on pipelines, etc.
commented 2016-09-21 21:40:54 -0400
Where is Andrew to explain why this exploding industry is cutting jobs?
Oh yeah , because it is not self sustaining nor is it viable.
commented 2016-09-21 20:48:51 -0400
- Interesting how “saving the planet” always involves stealing as much money as they can. So now Canada has it’s own Solyndra. Lets just keep repeating the same failed policies over & over again (like California’s carbon trading scam) & act surprised when it fails again & hope nobody notices all the money that just “disappears” each time.

- Bjorn Lomborg (who actually believed that climate change was human driven) was compared to Hitler by the head of the IPCC for daring to question the senselessness of the “solutions” that were being proposed to deal with it. There is a green agenda at work here that has nothing to do with the environment.

- It should be clear by now that the Alberta NDP’s policy is to destroy the private sector & reward their public sector union pals.
commented 2016-09-21 20:45:46 -0400
I live in a very small apartment in Northwestern Alberta & just opened my power bill. 165$ for one month, that’s ridiculous & its suppose to get way worse. guess we should all go back to the days of living off the land & off grid.
commented 2016-09-21 20:37:48 -0400
It was known by 2008 that these alternative energy scams are nothing but scams to fleece the taxpayer, and the McGuinty lieberals went ahead anyway. They should be charged with racketeering, but that would require some one with a backbone to stand up and tell the truth. Now who should that be.
commented 2016-09-21 20:27:28 -0400
Solar power is a scam

I saw it and jumped in right at the start

I get that big return – it is actually $0.802 cents per KwH.

Thank you for paying your taxes because it allows me a 14% return on my original investment.

And the money you spend for that power for the most part goes off shore to foreign investor.

Last year Ontario PAID the US of A just over two BILLION dollars to TAKE the excess power.

Go here:

This site shows you what type of power you are using – nuke, wind, solar, etc

It also shows you the costs an the money spent or received to send power to the US of A – and much more if you truly want to see.

You folks in Ontario are being ripped off.

At the same time I make a decent amount of cash from it.

It pays my bills.
commented 2016-09-21 20:21:38 -0400
Ontarians should hang Kathleen Wynne from a wind turbine with Dalton McGinty to balance it out on another of the blades of the turbine. Tired of paying for Liberal screw ups.