MPP McDonell Launches Petition to Save Our Right to Choose Natural Gas

May 25, 2016

CORNWALL – MPP Jim McDonell launched a new petition today calling on the Government to reverse course on the planned phasing out of natural gas heating in Ontario.


“Under the Liberals’ misguided climate change plan, Ontarians will be deprived of their ability to choose a sustainable, affordable and efficient heating option,” MPP McDonell stated. “The province’s hydro rates have been artificially inflated by more than 300% since the current Government took office. We have one Minister telling us to switch from electricity to natural gas in order to save money, while another Minister tells us we will be forced back onto electrical heating. Rural municipalities and their residents have worked with stakeholders and distributors to make natural gas available to more communities, breaking Hydro’s stranglehold over residents’ household budgets. This latest energy initiative does nothing but impose the misery of higher electricity rates upon those Ontarians who had made a sensible economic decision by switching to natural gas heating. The Liberals’ plan is beyond misguided – it is tantamount to economic sabotage”.


The petition is available online at