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Honourable Kathleen Wynne’s Transition Team – FRDA to Wynne

FRENCH RIVER DELTA ASSOCIATION
RR 2 Site 10 Comp 4
Alban, Ontario P0M 1A0

February 5, 2013

The Honourable Kathleen Wynne
Premier Designate
Room 281, Main Legislative Building
Queen’s Park
Toronto, Ontario M7A 1A1
E-mail – KWynne.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Dear Ms. Wynne

Re: Your transition team

Firstly, the French River Delta Association wishes to congratulate you on winning the Liberal leadership contest and becoming our Premier-designate. We look forward to your term of office.

About us

The French River Delta Association consists of the cottagers and local business owners who depend on the French River ecosystem. We are committed to ensuring that this ecosystem is sustained for future generations.

Our concerns about your transition team – Mr. Arnold Chan

French River Delta Association members had fervently hoped that the transition from Mr. McGuinty’s governance to yours would create a clean slate and lead to a model of governance that includes fairness, transparency and verifiable legitimate decisions.

However, we are concerned that, with the inclusion of Mr. Arnold Chan on your transition team, it is possible that politically connected corporations could unfairly influence decisions of policy-makers and regulatory agencies in Ontario, especially concerning the critical area of energy generation.

It is our position that Mr., Chan, as Vice President, Aboriginal Affairs and General Counsel of Xeneca Power Development Inc., represents the interests of that highly controversial, heavily subsidized corporation, which is proposing a hydro electric project in our area – the Allen & Struthers Wanapitei River Hydro Electric Generating Station. While hydro electric dams may be seen as green in Toronto, we in the North know that they are not feasible in all areas. Continue reading


ORA’s Concern over Arnold Chan’s Appointment to Kathleen Wynne’s Transition Team

Excerpt:

ORA would like to express our concern over the appointment of Arnold Chan, Vice President, Aboriginal Affairs and General Counsel for Xeneca Power Development Inc. (Xeneca) to your Transition Team.   Xeneca is currently awaiting the disposition of 33 waterpower proposals which are moving through the approvals process, 19 of which are pending completion of the Environmental Assessment (EA) process, and the remaining 14 awaiting Electrical Transmission Connection approval.   While Mr. Chan undoubtedly has valuable experience in government, his position with a company that is currently highly dependent on government approvals raises our concern.

Our concerns are well founded as Xeneca has earned a reputation amongst stakeholders, First Nations, Ministry of Environment, and Ministry of Natural Resources staff of causing a lot of problems while trying to fast track through the EA process, and for not meeting its requirements under the Class EA.[1]  Arnold Chan’s appointment to your advisory team provides an opportunity to advance self-interests, and has the potential to undermine your attempts to build public confidence in the fairness and wisdom of this government’s decisions.   ORA objects to Mr. Chan’s appointment, and requests that it be cancelled.  At the very least his duties on your transition team must not include advice on issues that affect his business interests in the waterpower industry – although this will not remove the perception of a potential conflict of interest.

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