Tory MPPs slam Wynne government over power rates

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From left are South Stormont Mayor Brian McGillis, and Tory MPPs Lisa MacLeod and Jim McDonell.

CORNWALL, Ontario - A pair of Tory MPPs have taken aim at the provincial government over the skyrocketing costs of Ontario Hydro.

Nepean-Carleton MPP Lisa MacLeod joined local MPP Jim McDonell Monday in South Stormont to address complaints from hydro customers who feel they are paying too much for power.

“Families and businesses are tired of paying more for hydro each month to cover the costs of the Liberals’ reckless mismanagement and scandals,” said MacLeod while speaking to local business owners concerned about their electricity costs.

MacLeod, the PC Party Energy Critic, was commenting on the Liberals’ Long Term Energy Plan which revealed that hydro rates are going up by 42 per cent over the next five years.

‎“Businesses in Ontario continue to suffer the consequences of failed Liberal energy policies that have driven up their energy costs to unsustainable levels” said McDonell. “We have access to the best-trained workforce in North America and to abundant natural resources. Affordable energy is a key driver of investment and job creation. It’s imperative to take action today in order to make Ontario competitive again, attracting the job-creators of the 21st century that will help build our Province’s future.”

McDonell and MacLeod jointly hosted a roundtable on energy costs giving local businesspeople an opportunity to tell their stories and explain just how electricity costs are impacting them.

“It is unacceptable that Kathleen Wynne expects Ontario ratepayers to foot the bill for her government’s waste and scandal,” said MacLeod. “The only reason that Ontario businesses and families are being forced to pay higher rates is because the Liberals wasted more than $1 billion to cancel the Mississauga and Oakville gas plants and let salaries skyrocket at Ontario Power Generation.”

In December, the auditor general announced that under the Liberal government’s watch, taxpayers are on the hook for a $555-million pension deficit at Ontario Power Generation and that the costs will “have a financial impact on the cost of electricity.”

“Each month businesspeople are left wondering how they are going to afford to keep the lights on and pay their employees,” said MacLeod.

Organizations: Ontario Hydro, PC Party Energy Critic, Ontario Power Generation

Geographic location: Ontario, South Stormont, North America Mississauga Oakville

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  • Jeff Aubrey
    February 12, 2014 - 12:45

    Not just the hydro rates but now the propane. We recently purchased a commercial building to operate a small business out of. It feels like we are beat before getting started. The news reports our government is going to look into it. Should there not be at least maximum increases for fuel costs per year in place. This kind of gouging is criminal