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Pickering, Jun 21 (Canadian-Media): Premier-Designate Doug Ford confirmed today, his commitment to keeping the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station in operation until 2024, media reports said.
This commitment will reportedly protect 4,500 local jobs in Durham Region and an additional 3,000 jobs provincewide.
"I made a promise to the people of Durham, and particularly to the workers here at Pickering, that we would stand up for their jobs, and the more than 7,500 jobs across Ontario that depend on this site," said Ford, who was joined by local incoming MPPs Peter Bethlenfalvy, Rod Phillips, Lindsey Park and Lorne Coe at the event. "Today I am pleased to confirm that our incoming government will keep this promise. We will follow through. We will protect these jobs."
The Pickering station is part of a larger nuclear industry that supports 60,000 jobs across Ontario. It produces enough power for the equivalent of Hamilton, Waterloo, and London combined at a low cost. The low-cost energy produced at the site will save Ontario electricity customers $600 million by 2024.
"I believe in made-in-Ontario electricity and made-in-Ontario jobs," said Ford. "The clean electricity generated at the Pickering station will save consumers across Ontario millions and keep great paying jobs right here in Durham Region. I will never apologize for doing the right thing and fighting for Ontario jobs."
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)