QUEEN’S PARK – People have had enough of the Liberal government’s unaffordable hydro rates and are coming from across the province to express their frustration, stated John Yakabuski, PC Energy Critic. “People are here today to tell you that they cannot afford energy at 16.1 cents kWh – or what you dismissively call ‘a cup of coffee’. You are forcing them to choose between heating their homes or putting food on the table.”
Yakabuski charged that “skyrocketing energy rates are having a devastating impact on real people…because under the Green Energy Act you continue to sign contracts for expensive, intermittent, unreliable power.” The result is continually increasing rates. “How many more hundreds of thousands will be energy poor if you continue down your disastrous energy path?” asked Yakabuski.
In addition, Randy Hillier, PC MPP for Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox and Addington charged that Ontario’s all-in hydro costs are the most expensive in Canada – not amongst the most competitive in North America as the government tries to convince people. “The true cost of your hydro mess is that…your failed hydro policy has led to the most expensive electricity in the country,” stated Hillier.