Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak addresses supporters at a town hall meeting on Friday, June 8, 2012.
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"Dalton McGuinty has already spent $190 million to cancel a gas plant to save Liberal seats in Mississauga," PC Party president Richard Ciano said in a letter to party faithful, obtained by QMI Agency.
"Who knows how much government money he'll spend to try and win Kitchener-Waterloo? Ontario can't afford another Dalton McGuinty seat-saver promise -- donate now."
Former Tory MPP Elizabeth Witmer triggered the byelection by resigning in April to take on the chairmanship of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board.
Premier Dalton McGuinty has six months from the date of her departure to call the vote, which is expected to come after Labour Day.
All three major party leaders have been frequent visitors to the riding since Witmer's departure, as it could deliver the Liberals the majority control of the legislature they lost in last fall's general election.
In that election, the Liberals abruptly pulled the plug on plans to build a 280-megawatt gas-fired electricity plant in south Mississauga after the plant ran into vocal opposition, and have been forced to use budget contingency funds to cover the $190 million cost of relocating it to Sarnia, Ont.
On Monday, PC energy critic Vic Fedeli said the Liberals are trying to keep the lid on another minimum $300-million bill for the 2010 cancellation of a separate gas plant in Oakville, Ont.
Construction had not started on that plant -- also bitterly opposed by residents -- which was three times the size as the one in Mississauga. Fedeli said it would cost three times as much to cancel, minus construction costs.
The Liberals have argued that the PCs campaigned against both plants after they were announced and urged the government to scrap them.
Meanwhile, Ontario announced Monday it was making another $150 million available to Aboriginal groups looking to start renewable energy projects.
The program has already received applications for $250 million worth of loans, in connection with projects involving 600 megawatts of energy.