RED TAPE BLUES: MPPs rip Grits over surge in hydro costs

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By Adam Brazeau
CORNWALL, Ontario - A pair of Progressive Conservative MPPs slammed the Liberal government for rising hydro costs facing Ontarians.

Ontario PC Finance Critic Vic Fedeli addresses a crowd of over 50 at Schnitzels European Flavours in Cornwall on Jan. 30.

Nipissing Member of Provincial Parliament Vic Fedeli stopped in Cornwall during a province-wide tour to vocalize his party's stance on the Kathleen Wynne government's management of the economy on Thursday.

He blames them for the loss of several manufacturing heavyweights in the province due to high electricity rates, corporate taxes, and red tape.

"You have companies like Heinz, Kellog's, and Caterpillar - they've left, they've closed up, and they're gone," said Fedeli, Ontario PC Finance Critic. "These are thousands of employees. Why? It's not that they don't make products anymore, it's just they don't make them in Ontario anymore."

Over the last few months, Fedeli has found a common theme in complaints from contrasting sectors including the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, Canadian Federation of Independent Business, Community Living agencies, and poverty action groups: high energy rates and the stifling grip of red tape.

"That was the most surprising thing. I never heard from social groups about red tape, I always hear and expect it from the business side," he said.

More to come.

Geographic location: Wynne

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