When it comes to government priorities, actions speak louder than words. The Dalton McGuinty Liberal government says they care about the most vulnerable in our society.
Yet, while they are willing to spend $1.1 billion dollars a year on the Ontario FIT (Feed-in-Tariff) program and other green energy subsidies for wind and solar energy that are unsustainable (according to the Fraser Institute), they are “not” willing to spend the money needed to keep the Thistletown Regional Centre in Etobicoke open — where the most vulnerable go for help.
In terms of the FIT program and green subsidies, that money spent simply goes to private wind investors and energy demands seldom match availability. In other words, most of the money spent is money down the drain.
Yet, in terms of Thistletown, the money goes towards mental health treatments and services for children and youth, including those with autism, education programs and research not done anywhere else. A direct correlation? Perhaps not. But, an example of the McGuinty government’s priorities? Absolutely.
Think about it. The Ontario Government has a huge deficit which continues to grow. Yet, they plan to keep on spending money that is based on an approach to green energy that is failing everywhere in the world it has been tried. And, Ontarians are fighting back as today’s FIT protest indicates. (For photos of that protest, see the blog Quixote’s Last Stand). Not only that, Canada is now before the WTO having to defend the indefensible subsidies. Check out ontario-wind-resistance.org for that story.
Yet, perhaps the most disgusting aspect of closing Thistletown is the lying “messaging” the McGuinty government is using to defend the closure. For example, check out this Ministry of Children and Youth Services page. It actually states that the province is “improving mental health services” by closing Thistletown and that all the clients now served at that facility will be referred to similar services in their local communities. Unfortunately, they are serious. However, anyone who has ever dealt with making referrals for such services in Ontario’s towns and cities, knows of the heavy case loads and long waiting lists — assuming there is any similar program or service even available.
The reality is that Thistletown currently not only serves 400 individuals and their families, but provides a safe haven for fifteen individuals with severe mental health problems, such as autism, who live in residence full-time. As I wrote yesterday, it was just such a residential program that saved my son’s life in the early 1980s — a program that was also closed many years ago.
So, let’s call a spade a spade. The McGuinty government is closing a mental health facility so that they can waste up to $1.1 billion dollars a year on wind energy that is unreliable and unsustainable. Leading me to the inevitable conclusion that when a government’s priorities are to spend more money on green energy than it takes in, and makes spending cuts that adversely affect the most vulnerable in our society, it is long past time to throw the bums out.
And, it is no secret that I would like to see a Tim Hudak led PC government take their place. While I didn’t know about the pending closure of Thistletown at the time I interviewed Hudak, he did say he would cancel the FIT program and place an immediate moratorium on wind energy projects.
In the meantime, I would encourage visitors to sign the petition at this link to keep Thistletown open. Plus, here is a Facebook page in support of Thistletown.
Endnote: Another U.S. based solar company declared bankruptcy today (H/T JNW). (Link) Check out all the other related business failures at the bottom of the JNW entry, particularly this one on the EU climate policy being in decline. Hello Dalton McGuinty? Are you paying attention?