October 31, 2017 – Every month, Ontarians are scared to open their hydro bills. Dr. Merrilee Fullerton is hearing a frightened backlash against rising hydro rates every night at the doors as the PC candidate canvasses in the new provincial riding of Kanata-Carleton. She observes it is a backlash that is growing more and more as the facts about exactly how much electricity costs are to rise after the election becomes public.
Dr. Fullerton believes the recent announcements from Premier Wynne about hydro bill relief are not fooling anyone. “The Liberal government has made headlines about bringing the current bills down. But, Ontarians are beginning to better understanding what the short-term relief means for the years beyond the 2018 election when rates will dramatically rise.”
“Our hydro bills have become a terrible horror story for most households and business owners. With Wynne and this Liberal Government, it has been all tricks and no treats when it comes to hydro.”
Dr. Fullerton explains the Liberals’ mismanagement is costing Ontario – now and into the future. Premier Wynne continues to champion her Government’s “Fair Hydro Plan” that will reduce monthly electricity bills in the province by an average of 25 per cent over the next four years. However, Ontario’s Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk reveals that these plans will add an additional $39.4 billion in debt to the province’s electricity system – which will lead to much higher bills.
Just last week, the Wynne Government confirmed average hydro bills in Ontario will rise no less than 43 per cent over the next ten years.
Ontario’s Auditor General estimates that future generations – our children and grandchildren – could be on the hook for up to $93 billion for the current Liberal Government energy plan.
Dr. Fullerton says “It is very difficult for individuals and businesses to absorb the skyrocketing increases in their hydro bills. With costs doubling, the bills households were paying every two months they now must for every month. This is particularly hard for homeowners and becoming impossible for seniors on fixed income.”
“Our future hydro bills cannot be scarier as a result of this government’s mismanagement of hydro and its misdirected energy policies,” adds Dr. Fullerton.
A new approach to electricity and energy plans is needed
A PC Government will begin by focusing on the structural problems in the electricity system that the Liberals created over the past 14 years. Here are the first steps to be taken.
PC Leader Patrick Brown says the PC hydro and energy policies will be announced as the June 2018 election date draws nearer.
Dr. Merrilee Fullerton