Wynne says she wasn't part of gas plant discussion

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TORONTO – Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says she was never part of a discussion to cancel a Mississauga gas plant in the middle of the last provincial election despite being the Liberal campaign co-chair.

"I was not part of any meetings on the decision to move the gas plant," Wynne said Wednesday. "I was part of the campaign team but I was not in any of those meetings."

Wynne said she is prepared to attend and answer questions if asked to testify at a government committee looking into the cancellations.

Former energy minister Chris Bentley told the legislature's estimates committee in July that the decision to cancel the Greenfield South Power plant in the Liberal riding of Mississauga South was made by the Ontario Liberal Party in response to overwhelming opposition from local residents.

The Ontario government had already cancelled another gas plant planned for Oakville, and the combined cost to taxpayers is estimated at least $230 million.

Wynne has agreed to re-strike the estimates committee after the legislature returns Tuesday.

Tory MPP Jim Wilson said the Liberals are trying to control the committee by attempting during a House leaders meeting to set limits on members.

Wilson said the government does not want to deal in committee with contempt motions or missing documents.

Wynne said the committees will be fully functioning.

"They can deal with the matters that they choose to," she said.

Wynne attended her first full cabinet meeting as premier Wednesday.

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