Conservative Todd Smith has been elected as the new MPP for Prince Edward County, defeating incumbent Liberal Minister of Education Leona Dombrowsky, a three-time cabinet minister. According to countylive.ca, Smith won by a margin of over 3,000 votes.
Wind Concerns Ontario (WCO) members campaigned against and defeated a number of rural Liberal MPPs including Minister of Agriculture Carol Mitchell (Huron Bruce); Minister of Environment (lead Ministry on the Green Energy Act) John Wilkinson (Perth-Wellington) and Minister of Education Leona Dombrowsky (Prince Edward Hasting).
John Laforet, head of WCO and a vocal supporter of South Shore conservationists, says that Dalton McGuinty’s mandate to govern Ontario has been dramatically curtailed by the grassroots opposition to his industrial wind strategy.
Though we are unsure how this new government will address the placement of industrial wind turbines in environmentally sensitive areas like the south shore, we will continue to press for political support at all levels.