This chapter will deal with the birth of the Ontario Power Authority (OPA), a reputedly “temporary “ authority, which took place in April 2004. Before we go too deep into April however, on April 8th Howard Hampton, MPP Kenora Rainy river, kicked things off after the second reading of Bill 15, An Act to amend the Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act. Mr. Hampton had lots to say but his recital of some history about the Ontario Liberals when they sat in Opposition caught my attention. Here is what Mr. Hampton said in the Legislature that day;
“Then, in October 2001, Mr McGuinty said, "Throughout Ontario's electricity restructuring process, Dalton and the Ontario Liberals have been consistent supporters of the move to an open electricity market in Ontario."
“In December 2001, when someone named Mike Harris announced that he was going to privatize not only Ontario Power Generation but Hydro One, Mr McGuinty said, "I think that it's important that we move ahead with competition, both in terms of generation and in terms of transmission." In May 2002, when the deregulated market opened, Mr McGuinty said, "My party supports competition in the generation of electricity."
While it was indeed timely of MPP Howard Hampton to remind Mr. McGuinty of his prior remarks we must assume that either Premier McGuinty was not sincere when he uttered those remarks or he simply forgot what he said. The OPA was to be a temporary agency that was given the responsibility for developing a long term energy plan or as it was subsequently named an “Integrated Power System Plan” (IPSP). Ontarians are still waiting for that “plan”.