Throne Speech Fails to Provide Meaningful Action: FedeliSeptember 12, 2016
QUEEN’S PARK – The Wynne government has squandered an opportunity to provide Ontarians with relief from skyrocketing hydro rates, Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli said today.
“The government’s commitment to remove the provincial portion of the HST on hydro bills is simply too little, too late,” said Fedeli.
The Financial Accountability Officer recently indicated that Ontario’s average household home energy costs have climbed by $295 annually from 2010 to 2014. In addition, since May 1st, 2015 households have faced a further increase of $254.96 on their bills.
“Since the government first took office, average households in Ontario are paying $1,000 more a year on their annual hydro bills. Today’s announcement does nothing to address the systemic issues that have caused hydro rates to skyrocket. It’s simply window dressing,” added Fedeli.
“If Premier Wynne is serious about tackling the province’s energy crisis, the government would immediately halt any further sales of Hydro One shares, and stop signing contracts for energy we don’t need.”
“Today’s Throne Speech was a clear sign this is a government that’s tired, self-interested, and desperate. The government can try to reset the narrative but it’s simply too late for that,” concluded Fedeli.