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Hydro Rates Going Up AGAIN

(December 6, 2013) Premier Wynne and the Liberals are at it again. Their so-called ‘energy plan’ was released this week and it includes an additional 42% hydro rate increase over the next five years. That, of course, is on top of the 150% rate increase we have experienced since 2003.

 

It’s a sad reality, but the governing Liberals don’t seem to care.

 

The Energy Minister recently called high energy bills a “fact of life” under their government. A way to fund more massive wind turbines and solar farms we see popping up throughout the province, as well as to pay for the $1.1 billion they wasted when they cancelled two gas plants to save Liberal seats. 

 

Under the Liberals watch, hydro rates have increased from 4.3 cent per kWh in 2003 up to 12.4 cents per kWh in 2013, and this new plan will drive rates up even further.

 

The Liberals bogus scheme will cost Ontario families, on average, $400 more per household, as well as lower the standard of living in Ontario and force many to live in the cold. All so our tax dollars can pay exorbitant amounts for energy that we don’t need and have to pay billions each year for other jurisdictions to take it.  It’s senseless.

 

High hydro rates have become the number one complaint from my constituents. In fact, last week a lady stopped by my office to tell me she has resorted to microwaveable meals because she can’t afford to run her oven. Others have told me they sit in the cold during the day because they can’t afford to turn on the heat. Even Christmas lights have become a Liberal luxury.

 

The impact on jobs is worse. In ten years, Ontario has lost 300,000 manufacturing jobs; 40,000 this year alone.  Closures of key manufacturing facilities as a result of increased hydro rates. Companies that all moved south to where the energy is cheap, there is less red tape and, most importantly, modernized labour laws.  Ontario simply can’t compete anymore.

 

The Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Association has said that energy rates in Ontario are 129% higher than in some jurisdictions in the United States, including Chicago, Detroit and Nashville.

 

We’ve been told by a number of organizations that the average industrial electricity price in Ontario is double the average of Manitoba, Quebec and Michigan. 

 

Bottom line, we need to level the playing field.

 

We need to make energy affordable for entrepreneurs, industry and households alike, while ensuring a system that is reliable and sustainable.  To do that, we need to restore fact-based decision making and start treating energy policy as a tool for job creation again rather than an impediment.  The PCs energy plan does this. For a full list of our ideas for energy reform click here

 

If you disagree with further increases to your hydro bills, I urge you to contact Premier Wynne directly to share your concern.  Her office can be reached by calling 416-325-1941, or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

 

 

A few examples of manufacturers that closed and moved south:

  • Heinz in Leamington

  • Sklar Peppler in Ajax

  • GM transmission and assembly plants in Windsor

  • Exxon Mobil & Chemical Films in Belleville

  • Saputo Dairy in Brampton

  • Navistar in Chatham

  • Daimler Trucks in London/St. Thomas and its bus factory in Mississauga

  • Edscha in Niagara Falls

  • GM Camaro production in Oshawa & its 110-year operation in St. Catharines

  • Baskin Robbins in Peterborough

  • John Deere in Welland

  • Southwire Cable in Stouffville

  • Caterpillar in London

  • Tender Tootsies in Glencoe

  • Alcoa in Collingwood

 


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