On Jan 19th, Canadian Press broke the story that the long-mooted green energy deal between the Ontario government and a consortium of South Korean companies led by Samsung was expected to be announced by Premier Dalton McGuinty this week (Jan. 20-22/2010).
The Toronto Star’s coverage Jan 21st continued to self-congratulate for breaking the original Samsung story, three days after it was posted here September 24th.
Keith Leslie at Canadian Press deserves special mention for getting the January McGuinty announcement story early and thoroughly.
In interviews with CFRB, 570News on Jan 21 and several print outlets, my main points were that consumers and competitors have suffered a blow but more importantly our standards of public administration have been damaged. Secret negotiations for multi-billion dollar twenty year government contracts invite corruption.
The names Samsung and Korea Electric Power Corporation still don’t show up on the Ontario Lobbiest Registry. What’s up with that? This absence is particularly difficult to understand since it appears that these foreign firms were able to get the Ontario government to issue a directive to the OPA to ensure preferred access to scarce transmission capacity. See: Directive to OPA to reserve transmission capacity
The National Post’s news report Jan. 22 quotes me as describing the deal as “ugly, ugly”. See: “Samsung has the power to impress”
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