News from Niagara Falls MPP Wayne Gates
Posted August 16th, 2016 on Niagara At Large
Niagara Falls, Ontario – Niagara Falls MPP Wayne Gates and NDP Leader Andrea Horwath have announced their plan to lower hydro costs for Ontarians.
“Due to policy decisions by the Wynne government, we now live in an Ontario where people are being forced to choose between buying groceries, purchasing prescriptions or paying their hydro bill,” stated Gates.
“Since (Ontario Liberal Premier) Kathleen Wynne took power four years ago, hydro bills have increased over 50% which is ten times faster than inflation—we have to step up and offer an alternative.”
In an announcement at this week’s AMO (Association of Municipalities of Ontario) conference in Windsor, Horwath outlined the policies an NDP government would implement to help reduce hydro costs for Ontarian families and businesses.
These policies include;
- Removing HST hydro bills,
- Completing a detailed and transparent six month study on ways to reduce hydro costs,
- Including stopping the privatization of Hydro One,
- Enhancing the power of the Ontario Energy Board to protect consumers.
“These costs are not sustainable,” said Gates. “Hydro costs hurt seniors, families and businesses in our community.
I have heard from companies like General Motors, from manufacturers big and small that their hydro costs are making it nearly impossible to operate in Ontario—our economy is at risk and we are at risk of losing more jobs in Ontario.”
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