Liberals’ Energy Rates to Cost Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry Families Additional $53 per Month

February 10, 2014

Mayor Bryan McGillis, MPP Lisa MacLeod, MPP Jim McDonell



LONG SAULT – “Families and businesses are tired of paying more for hydro each month to cover the costs of the Liberals’ reckless mismanagement and scandals,” said Nepean-Carleton MPP Lisa MacLeod today while speaking to local business owners concerned about their electricity costs.

MacLeod, the PC Party Energy Critic, was commenting on the Liberals’ Long Term Energy Plan which revealed that hydro rates are going up by 42 per cent over the next five years.

‎“Businesses in Ontario continue to suffer the consequences of failed Liberal energy policies that have driven up their energy costs to unsustainable levels” – commented MPP Jim McDonell. “We have access to the best-trained workforce in North America and to abundant natural resources. Affordable energy is a key driver of investment and job creation. It’s imperative to take action today in order to make Ontario competitive again, attracting the job-creators of the 21st century that will help build our Province’s future.”

MPPs McDonell and MacLeod jointly hosted a roundtable on energy costs giving local businesspeople an opportunity to tell their stories and explain just how electricity costs are impacting them.

“It is unacceptable that Kathleen Wynne expects Ontario ratepayers to foot the bill for her government’s waste and scandal,” said MacLeod. “The only reason that Ontario businesses and families are being forced to pay higher rates is because the Liberals wasted more than $1 billion to cancel the Mississauga and Oakville gas plants and let salaries skyrocket at Ontario Power Generation.”

In December, the Auditor General announced that under the Liberal government’s watch, taxpayers are on the hook for a $555 million pension deficit at Ontario Power Generation and that the costs will “have a financial impact on the cost of electricity.”

“Each month businesspeople are left wondering how they are going to afford to keep the lights on and pay their employees,” concluded MacLeod. “Only a PC government will stop spiraling electricity costs to attract more businesses and jobs to Ontario.”

McDonell summed it up saying, “We can’t afford to lose more jobs in this riding, so we have to take action.  PC Leader Tim Hudak has a plan to create jobs and controlling electricity costs is a major part of that plan.”