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Ontario’s Green party platform focuses on energy conservation

By CP STAFF   

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Would move to a clean economy by supporting jobs in cleantech, 100% renewable energy supply by 2050.

TORONTO — Ontario’s Green party released its platform today, with the centrepiece promise a $4.2-billion program to give grants and loans to businesses and homeowners for energy conservation.

The Greens say they would move to a clean economy by supporting jobs in cleantech and would commit to a 100% renewable energy supply by 2050.

The party wants to cancel the Liberal government’s hydro plan, which gives ratepayers 25% off their electricity bills by borrowing billions of dollars.

The platform says the signature energy conservation program can be funded in part by saving $1.1 billion by closing the Pickering Nuclear station this year and buying hydro power from Quebec.

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Leader Mike Schreiner says they would also mandate 20 per cent of units in new housing builds be affordable.

The party says it is running a full slate of candidates and that 52% of them are women.

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