Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty stops to chat with a Chatham, ON resident on Tuesday, April 10, 2012.
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The new program will be key to circumventing the angst of factions in areas like Prince Edward County, where the municipal government has vehemently opposed the implementation of wind turbines in their community, Premier Dalton McGuinty said during an interview Friday.
Communities who express a favourable demand for renewable energy will be awarded the bulk of contracts under the new points system, that would place communities without majority support like the county at the "back of the line."
"I've got all kinds of communities that want them," he said. "I don't need the headaches that are associated with them going into communities that don't want them."
During the interview, McGuinty also made it clear he will not sacrifice health care or full-day kindergarten for horse racing.
"I'd prefer to invest in the hospital (and)... expansion of full-day kindergarten here," he said. "We're no longer going to provide subsidies for that industry (racetracks). We have to find $16 billion dollars here."