Ontario’s Liberal Government Votes Against Ending Winter Disconnections for People Struggling to Pay Hydro Bills

“Wynne doesn’t get it. … People can’t live in a home without power. Parents shouldn’t have to put their kids to bed in a house without heat.” – Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath

A News Release from the Office of Ontario New Democratic Party Leader Andrea Horwath

Posted February 21st, 2017 on Niagara At Large

One of many demonstrations held at Queen's Park in recent times over the mess Wynne government, and the government's last premier, Dalton McGuinty, have made of hydro services.

One of many demonstrations held at Queen’s Park in recent times over the mess Wynne government, and the government’s last premier, Dalton McGuinty, have made of hydro services.

Queen’s Park – Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals had a chance Tuesday to join with the NDP and end the practice of disconnecting hydro in the winter – but voted against it.

“Last year 60,000 households had their hydro cut off,” said NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, who tabled the motion on Tuesday morning, the Legislative Assembly’s first day back in session. “Now, the Liberals want to play politics. They want to hold their power to stop winter disconnections as a bargaining chip so they can force the legislature to support their 158-page Harper-style omnibus bill.”

The bill in question, Bill 27, takes action like privatizing Ontario Place.

“Wynne doesn’t get it,” said Horwath. “People can’t live in a home without power. Parents shouldn’t have to put their kids to bed in a house without heat. My motion would have been by far the fastest way to stop this dangerous practice.”

Horwath said that while ending winter disconnections is urgent, her overall focus will be on a concrete plan to drop the high price of hydro and lower people’s monthly hydro bills.

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One response to “Ontario’s Liberal Government Votes Against Ending Winter Disconnections for People Struggling to Pay Hydro Bills

  1. The Privatization of Ontario began in earnest with the small ‘c” Harris (NOW a “fellow” with the Right Wing Think Tank FRASER INSTITUTE) Corporate Government and McGuinty’s Liberals (not to be out done) took over with an eagerness and abandonment that has left the citizens of Ontario gasping in astonishment and utter anguish. Anguish over the decisions many families and seniors have to make as their HYDRO IS BEING CUT OFF.
    “Shall I FREEZE or shall I buy whatever Groceries I can afford, if any? “Shall I FREEZE or shall I buy the Prescription Medications I need to Live?
    I ask these questions because IN MY OPINION for the past decade or so this province has basically destroyed all semblance of the Social Safety net that our parents and grand parent toiled to initiate and employfor the future of their children and their children’s children.
    The systematic selling off of Crown Corporations to Private institutions is and has weakened the financial viability of this province to a point where there is very little left to sell.

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