Liberals’ Announcements Do Nothing for SDSG

September 27, 2016

QUEEN’S PARK – MPP Jim McDonell highlighted today during Question Period that the Government’s announcement of canceling 1,000 MW of potential wind and solar contracts does nothing to help residents of Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry struggling with high hydro bills and frustrated by large renewable projects imposed upon their communities.


“This Government is obsessed with doing too little, too late and expecting Ontarians to applaud them,” MPP McDonell stated. “Electricity rates that have quadrupled since they took office, are going up again in November and on January 1st, when Cap-and-Trade charges come into effect. Between May 2015 and May 2016, the average family’s electricity bill increased by $255 and now all they can offer is a flimsy 8% HST rebate. Thousands of wind turbines and solar panels have fed unneeded and over-paid electricity into our grid, yet all the Government does is cancel 1,000 MW of potential future contracts, none of which helps residents of Stormont and Dundas counties, who will have to put up with massive wind turbines under construction in their back yard. Meanwhile, businesses are being forced into bankruptcy and thousands of Ontarians can’t afford to keep up with their hydro costs. For all their grandstanding and media grabbing attention, the Liberals achieve little to nothing for residents and businesses of this Province”.


The Legislature will vote on an Opposition Day Motion later today calling on the Government to stop signing renewable contracts that are driving up the cost of energy for all Ontarians.


“The Liberals must listen” MPP McDonell commented. “Premier Wynne stated that the $37 billion overpaid by ratepayers for hydro was, I quote, “worth it”. The suffering of businesses and families who can’t pay their bills is never worth it, whatever the intentions of this Government were when enacting the Green Energy Act. Ontarians are fed up with failed energy policies that are driving more people into financial ruin. It’s a pity that it took the loss of the safe seat of Scarborough-Rouge River for the Government to take notice. Ontarians deserve a much more responsive and sound Government”.


A video of the question has been posted on