QUEEN’S PARK – Today, the Minister of Energy Bob Chiarelli unveiled the province’s new Long-Term Energy Plan. Despite efforts on the part of the Liberal government to shed a positive light on the plan, Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek noted that his constituents’ hydro bills will continue to go up.
The energy document cited a number of efforts taken to try to curb costs to hydro ratepayers. However, hydro rates are still expected to rise by almost 50 per cent over the next three years.
“Bottom line: Ontario has the second highest hydro rates in North America,” said MPP Yurek. “And under this government, hydro rates will continue to go up. Every day, people who are already working hard to live within their means are calling my office to express frustration over their ever-rising hydro bills.
“This government’s handling of the energy file is a complete disgrace.”
The government’s efforts include a renegotiation of the Samsung green energy deal and deals made with wind farms to dispatch energy on an as-needed basis. According to Chiarelli, these measures will reduce the amount by which rates increase by $100. However, as Yurek pointed out, this is not a decrease.
“Only this Liberal government would consider amending a costly sole-source contract that they signed in the first place and the fact that Ontario now pays wind farms not to produce energy a step in the right direction. It’s time they face facts when it comes to energy: they’ve failed.”
Yurek also noted the NDP’s complicity in Ontario’s high energy rates.
“They’ve propped up this government for the past two years. It’s time we started treating energy rates as a cornerstone of this province’s success and a key priority to restoring the strength of the middle class.”
The Ontario PC Party plan for affordable energy can be found at: http://ontariopc.uberflip.com/i/103093.
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