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Oakville’s mayor lashes out at Ford for supporting power plant

March 1, 2010

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Ford Canada may be one of Oakville’s biggest employers and biggest taxpayers, but that’s not enough to stop the town’s mayor from lashing out at the automaker.

Ford is leasing land next to its assembly plant at Royal Windsor Drive and the QEW to TransCanada, the company that the province hired to build and operate a 900-megawatt powering generating station.

“They’ve stabbed this community in the back. Ford posted $2.7-billion in profit from the car business and they’re betraying the community that has hosted them for 60 years for $50-million in money from TransCanada,” a very angry Burton explained.

“Ford is two-tenths of one per cent of the tax revenue of the town of Oakville. No matter how much their money was I don’t see how it could justify releasing the toxic fine particulate matter that this would release,” Burton told 680News.

He’s so angry with Ford that he’s traded in his Ford Edge. He bought the very first Edge to roll off the assembly line in Oakville in 2006. Now he’s driving a Mazda Tribute.

Burton will lead a rally at Queen’s Park at noon on Tuesday, March 2, hoping to get the attention of Premier Dalton McGuinty. He said the premier is the only one with the power to stop the plant from being built.

TransCanada said the $1.2-billion plant is expected to start generating electricity by 2013.

The company has held open houses to try to assure residents that the plant will be safe and its emissions will be within the acceptable provincial standards.

How do you feel about the proposed Oakville power plant?? Comment and let your thoughts be heard by your neighbours…

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Ryan Chelak is a real estate broker serving Oakville, Mississauga & the GTA, as well as a longtime Oakville resident. Subscribe to my blog to keep up to date on local news, information, events and of course everything you want to know about Oakville & Mississauga real estate.

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