TORONTO — At Queen’s Park yesterday, local MPP Jim McDonell questioned the premier about her government’s “continued mismanagement” of Ontario’s energy system by presenting examples of constituents facing energy poverty and pointing to questionable figures in the planned deal to buy power from Quebec.
The government recently announced that a new deal to buy power from Quebec would save ratepayers $70 million over 10 years.
“It’s 10 cents a month, give or take,” McDonell stated. “It is a pathetic excuse for action by a government that has made energy in this province unaffordable for residents and businesses. Premier Wynne continues to over-pay wind and solar producers for energy we don’t need, while reliable and clean sources of energy such as hydro-electric and nuclear must remain idle. What this province needs is real action to bring down rates, not piecemeal solutions that end up having no real impact.”
“Ontarians, especially in rural areas, have been facing unaffordable electricity bills for years” the MPP commented. “Rates have quadrupled since they took office and extra charges such as the Global Adjustment have sent bills through the roof. Ontarians have already overpaid $37 billion through the Global Adjustment and will pay $133 billion more by 2032. The premier said it was “worth it”, but it clearly wasn’t. The latest actions on the electricity file have been prompted not by a policy awakening by the Premier, but by a loss in the safe seat of Scarborough-Rouge River. How many more constituents’ misery is the premier’s energy delusion worth?”