MPP Wilson Launches 'Stop Gouging Hydro Rates' Campaign
(April 24th, 2014) Today, in response to skyrocketing electricity rates in Ontario, Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson is kicking off a campaign to stop the Liberals from continuing to gouge us with high hydro rates. His constituency offices are accepting copies of resident's hydro bills that will be forwarded to the Minister of Energy directly. A response for each resident will be requested.
The Minister of Energy recently announced a 42% increase in energy rates over the next five years. This translates to, on average, an additional $53 per month.
“I can’t go anywhere without hearing about the difficulties people, businesses and organizations face as a result of high energy rates,” said Wilson. “Rising hydro rates have chased jobs and manufacturing out of our province. I don’t think that’s right.”
Energy rates have skyrocketed over the last ten years, as a result of the McGuinty-Wynne Liberal government’s green energy agenda that guarantees 20 year contracts to mostly foreign owned wind and solar energy producers at above market price. Ratepayers also pay for the $1.1 billion price tag of the gas plant scandal. The Liberals Budget Leaking Team (the B.L.T.) just promised to remove the debt retirement charge from hydro bills effective January 1st, 2016. This is the same time the 10% Clean Energy Benefit rebate that appears each month on residential bills will expire.
“With the cancellation of the 10% clean energy rebate, we can only conclude that hydro users will be forced to pay even more than the 42% increase previously announced,” said Wilson. “The Liberal government’s B.L.T. promise is yet another publicity stunt in the face of a possible spring election,” he continued. “In 2011, I launched a province wide 63 stop tour to ring alarm bells far and wide about the debt retirement charge. I certainly question the timing of this announcement.”