Sadly we wish to mark the passing of intelligence and courage: a fallen Wind Warrior, as we wish the NDP will remember him.
The Green Energy Act could end up being the Provincial Liberal Government’s worst boondoggle since the scandal surrounding its eHealth program, said Welland MPP Peter Kormos.
“Neither Kormos nor Welland’s Federal New Democratic Party MP Malcolm Allen spoke during the meeting attended by nearly 200 people. But Kormos said information provided at the meeting — by Skydive Burnaby owners Mike and Tara Pitt, by John LaForet from lobby group Wind Concerns Ontario and by other speakers — was consistent with what the NDP has concluded about ongoing installation of Industrial Wind Turbines across Ontario.”
For instance, Kormos said energy produced by wind turbines could cost as much as 45 cents per Kwh.
“That’s pretty bloody expensive electricity,” he said.
Wind turbines are expected to produce “just a scintilla of electricity,” he added.
Kormos said there’s a great deal of secrecy regarding Green Energy legislation. For instance, he said, his office filed a Freedom of Information request in an effort to obtain a copy of a contract between the Province and Samsung, one of the primary developers of alternative energy projects in the Province. That request yielded 20 pages, but half of those pages were left blank, he said.
“Basically, all we know is there’s some sort of a deal between the Province of Ontario and Samsung,” he said.
Kormos said the Wind Turbine Industry is a “scam”. The money to be made building the components and the electricity rates paid by the Province are so high it distracts from the message, which should focus on energy conservation.
He also believes that the health concerns should be studied more deeply.
“The science is not complete, it’s far from complete,” he said, noting Health Canada’s planned study confirms the need to halt wind farm development until everyone is satisfied there’s no risk to human health.
Peter Kormos is being remembered as a “staunch defender of Democracy and fairness” who was a tireless advocate for his constituents.
Kormos was a polarizing figure who was never afraid to ruffle feathers at Queen’s Park. He was elected as an NDP member of Provincial Parliament for the Welland riding in 1988 after winning a by-election when Mel Swart stepped down.
He was a stalwart at Queen’s Park, holding the Welland and Niagara Centre riding until he retired in 2011.
Last March, Kormos was elected to Regional Council after winning by a landslide with 73% of the vote for the Welland spot.
Ontario PC leader Tim Hudak, in a news release said Kormos was “one of those rare Parliamentarians who simply dropped the partisanship at the door on the way out of Queen’s Park at the end of the day.”
He described Kormos as friendly, funny, compassionate and thoughtful.
“But Peter was also a tenacious fighter for the things he believed in. Eloquent, informed, by turns fiery and analytical. He was an iconic figure in the New Democratic Party, and beyond. Peter represented true democratic representation at its best.”
Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath described Kormos as a legend in politics and a champion for the people of Welland.
“Everything he did, he did it for others and not for himself,” she said.
“He upheld the integrity of the Democratic system and he had a thirst for knowledge and information that he would use to benefit others.”
Would that his memory be honoured through a moratorium on industrial wind development and delusions of grandeur:
“Putting that kind of sign up is like declaring, ‘I’m the Pope, so you’d better kiss my ring.” – Peter Kormos on the Region naming itself the Green Energy Capital of Canada