August 4, 2017 – Merrilee Fullerton is going door-to-door through the summer months discussing the issues most affecting local residents. The provincial candidate for the Ontario PCs in Kanata-Carleton finds Ontario’s economy is on everybody’s mind and the greatest concern is how skyrocketing hydro costs will hurt future economic opportunities in Ottawa and across Ontario.
Here are her observations after an evening of canvassing earlier this week in the neighbourhood of Morgan’s Grant.
“Hydro rates and the impact they are having on individuals and businesses are the major concerns I hear at the door.
“We all know how much our hydro rates have gone up over the last ten years and we have begun to see the devastating impact this is having on households and on businesses that are closing their doors or moving to other jurisdictions. So, the concern is how we can bring hydro rates back into line to ensure our Province becomes competitive again and that individuals will not continue to be unfairly burdened with unacceptable rate increases.
“We have seen some local stories right here in Ottawa where hydro bills have families and seniors choosing between heating and putting food on the table. Just this past month we got word of another major business closing its doors in Perth. Hydro is more often than not cited as the factor behind businesses and jobs are being driven out of the Province.
“The hydro mess must not be allowed to continue. Kathleen Wynne and Dalton McGuinty have completely ignored our needs and the needs of Ontario’s economy in implementing their Green Energy Program. This will cost us, our children and even our grandchildren for years to come.
“The difference with the PC approach is that we will dismantle the Green Energy Act and get out of those many “bad” contracts that have resulted in those unacceptably high hydro bills. Patrick Brown has said that he will get rid of Kathleen Wynne’s Carbon Tax and stop sending our money to California and Quebec. We must begin addressing the mess that has been made by reversing the disastrous decisions of Wynne and the Liberals.
“Things must change and I look forward to taking the concerns of Kanata-Carleton residents to Queen’s Park and contributing in a positive way to the change that must take place. Clearly, we cannot afford another four years of Kathleen Wynne and her Liberal Government managing hydro and Ontario’s hydro. In many ways, our energy future is our economic future.”
Merrilee Fullerton will continue to canvass neighbourhoods in Kanata and West Carleton throughout the month of August. If a resident has yet a chance to meet Merrilee and wishes to discuss a concern with her, contact her directly via phone at 613-435-1716 or email at: firstname.lastname@example.org