Cornwall ON – Hundreds of thousands of Ontarians made it clear that they can not afford the unfair imposition of HST on their hydro bills, including many working families right here in Cornwall Ontario and in the riding of Stormont, Dundas, and South Glengarry. I hoped that Jim Brownell and Dalton McGunity would be listening, but once again, the voices of many Ontarians fell on death ears. On Tuesday every McGuinty Liberal MPP voted to defeat an opposition motion that called for the HST to be immediately removed from Ontario hydro bills. Sadly, the news gets worse for working families.
According to the Toronto Sun, winter time-of-use rates have kicked in making our hydro bills even higher. TOU or Time of Use Pricing was suppose to save Ontario family moneys – but instead families who can not afford new energy efficient appliances or can’t afford to replace windows and furnaces will likely pay more for power this winter.
The Ontario Power Authority does not offer much helpful winter advice to consumers to save energy, but maybe the McGunity government has some helpful suggestions to stay warm, like wearing a second sweater around the house. Between November 1st till April 30th, time-of-use customers pay the highest price for electricity purchased between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. The most power is used by industries during the day, but the highest prices of electricity will directly impact and hurt the wallets of families instead – making day to day life less affordable for us all.
At a time when electricity is becoming more and more expensive for everyone, I must beg the question, why are publicly owned electrical utility companies donating to the governing Liberal party here in Ontario? According to a news report from the Toronto Star, “Elections Ontario documents show local utilities, including Essex Power and Oakville Hydro, have donated thousands of dollars to the Ontario Liberal Party in the past few years…
Other public utilities donating to the Liberals included Thunder Bay Hydro, Greater Sudbury Hydro Plus, St. Catharines Power Generation and Niagara-on-the-Lake Hydro.”. Why are these public utilities giving the Ontario Liberals money? Perhaps they know who is buttering their bread? Regardless, it is unfair! Public hydro companies should be generating power to help consumers, and profits should be re-invested in infrastructure and green energy and helping make Ontario homes more energy efficient.
Profits from public utilities should not be helping keep the Ontario Liberals in power. Luckily Ontarians still have complete ownership over one kind of power – the power of the ballot! Dalton McGuinty’s MPPs all voted in favour of keeping our hydro bills sky-high, so during the next provincial election we can send a clear message to Queens Park that we want change, and that we cannot afford four more years of McGuinty government. Remember, you have the power!
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