Although Sarnia-Lambton LIberal candidate Stephanie Barry argues that a more clear definition of a "green job" is needed when discussing the benefits of the incumbent government's energy strategy, her opponents are largely united in making the point that the cost of the strategy is unsustainable.
Speaking to Tuesday morning's Golden K Kiwanis Club, which meets at the Lochiel Kiwanis Centre, Barry was joined by Progressive Conservative candidate Bob Bailey, who is seeking re-election as MPP, Independent candidate Andy Bruziewicz and NDP candidate Brian White (pictured standing at the lectern).
At least one candidate (White) argued that the province should return to a "cost of energy" model rather than have profit influence the cost consumers pay.
Barry made the argument that the definition of a "green job" must include development of technology like that being developed by BioAmber, which has announced the building of a plant that will create 150 construction jobs and some 45 jobs to run the operation, which will make succinic acid, a building block for plastics and other products.
For his part, Bailey said his party is in favour of green energy, but not at any cost.
Barry said creating a new industry is worth the investment the government has made in green energy.