Auditor general to probe costs of cancelling eastern Ontario wind farm project - 2020-01-09
TORONTO — Ontario's auditor general says she will examine the costs associated with the cancellation of an eastern Ontario wind farm, as the opposition New Democrats call for a special investigation of a move they say could cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.
Bonnie Lysyk confirmed in a letter to the NDP on Tuesday that she will be looking at the costs to scrap the project near Cornwall, Ont., in her annual audit. But in order to conduct a full probe, Lysyk said she would need a request from a cabinet minister, the legislative assembly or a legislative committee.
Environment Minister Jeff Yurek revoked the Nation Rise Wind Farm project's approval late last year, citing the risks to three bat species. The company has launched a legal challenge of the decision, asking the Ontario divisional court to set it aside.