Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty
Credits: VERONICA HENRI/QMI AGENCY
That's the price we're now paying to cancel the gas-fired power plant in Mississauga and relocate it to Lambton, near Sarnia.
All so a few Liberal MPPs could keep their jobs.
Ontario's Energy Minister Chris Bentley seemed to candidly admit this week that the decision was made by Liberal Party insiders during the 2011 provincial election.
The chair of the campaign, Greg Sorbara, denied that was the case.
Of course, not.
The Liberals would never flush $180 million down the toilet for political gain.
It speaks volumes about who is making energy policy decisions for the residents of Ontario.
And sadly, it doesn't end here.
There's also the matter of the cancelled power plant in Oakville.
Who knows how much that's going to cost?
But what we do know is Ontarians can no longer afford any decision McGuinty and his Liberals make - in and out of an election.
This is just the latest in a growing list of spendthrift decisions made by McGuinty.
A $15-billion deficit, millions more wasted on the ORNGE air-ambulance scandal, $1 billion bungled away on the eHealth, a budget that caused Moody's to downgrade Ontario's credit rating and Standard and Poor's to put us on credit watch, and a failed green energy strategy, costing millions more.
All this waste, and McGuinty's has still raised taxes.
And this poorly thought out re-election plan, which the opposition parties have aptly dubbed the "seat saver," will affect those on low and fixed incomes the most.
Too many Ontarians already struggle to pay skyrocketing energy bills.
High energy bills are also strangling businesses and job creation in this province.
Mismanagement is bad enough, though perhaps excusable by some.
This self serving, political opportunism however, isn't.
And nakedly demonstrates everything that is wrong with Ontario's Fiberals.