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“The question remains whether Onta- rians can afford it or not,” she said, adding that the province also cannot afford the cur- rent bureaucracy since Ontario Hydro was broken up into many smaller components specializing in energy production, delivery, service, and other needs. “It’s just working,” she said, citing the par- ty’s list of “sunshine salary” executives who make up much of the upper-level manage- ment with Ontario Hydro and its subsidia- ries and who each earn $100,000 or more in annual salary. Progressive Conservative leader Tim

Hudak has promised to reduce the Hydro bureaucracy, starting with the upper-mana- gement and thus reduce some of the cost to consumers that shows up in their hydro bills. A key local issue for Villeneuve-Robert- son is seeing responsibility for Highway 174 between Orléans and Rockland uploaded back to the province. She plans to work with her federal counterpart, Glengarry- Prescott-Russell MP Pierre Lemieux on the matter. “This has been an ongoing issue,”she said. “That is my number one issue.”


ROCKLAND | Roxane Villeneuve-Rob- ertson minces no words about why she is campaigning to change the colour of Glengarry-Prescott-Russell from red to blue on the provincial political map. “I believe Glengarry-Prescott-Russell has been ignored for the past three years under Mr. Crack,” Villeneuve-Robert said during a Monday phone interview with Vision repor- ters. “I believe the riding has been forgot- ten.” Villeneuve-Robertson is the Progressive Conservative candidate on the GPR ballot in the June 12 provincial election. She has spent the past couple of years in an unoffi- cial campaign after winning her riding asso- ciation’s nomination, including serving as an informal assistant to her mentor, the ve- teran Nepean-Carleton Progressive Conser- vative MPP Lisa MacLeod. Sitting on the top of Villeneuve-Ro- bertson’s list of local issues in the spring campaign is the future for the University of Guelph’s Alfred College campus, now threatened with closure as part of as an economy measure for the U of G. Ville- neuve-Robertson declared she wants to “save that college” and also Guelph’s Kemp- tville campus, which also faces closure, and she wants to make sure both stay open as

“more than just skills and trades colleges” but as full-scale agricultural education and research facilities in Eastern Ontario. Second on her campaign promise list is supporting her party’s plan to abolish the Green Energy Act and the subsidies for solar and wind power generation projects. These and other “green energy” projects like biodigesters, which use manure and household organic waste as methane fuel for turbines that create electricity for trans- mission to the provincial grid, have become a growing source of extra income for some rural municipalities and farmers. Villeneuve-Robertson cited her party’s own assessment that the legislature and the alternate energy subsidy program for Onta- rio’s energy grid is proving more costly than the potential benefits of“green energy”pro- jects, which at present account for two per cent of the province’s power supply.

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