Wynne Liberals’ Partisan Hydro Ads In Contempt Of Parliament – Ontario Tories

“Clearly, these advertisements serve no purpose other than to promote Kathleen Wynne’s re-election.” – Ontario PC House Leader Jim Wilson

From the Office of Ontario Progressive Conservative Party leader Patrick Brown

Posted March 20th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Queen’s Park, Toronto – This March 20th, 2017, Ontario PC House Leader Jim Wilson charged that Kathleen Wynne’s taxpayer-funded hydro ads are in contempt of parliament.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne earlier this March, pitching her plan to slash hydro bills

The self-congratulatory ads, which the auditor general has said are out of line, are running before legislation has been introduced, an alleged breach of parliamentary rules. MPP Wilson informed the Speaker today that he will rise on a point of privilege arguing a case of contempt by the Ministry of Energy.

“What we’ve got here is a clear case of electioneering from the Wynne Liberals using taxpayer dollars,” said Wilson.  

The ads in question, touting the Wynne Liberals’ new hydro scheme, appeared on both social media and radio markets across Ontario.

Ontario PC House Leader Jim Wilson accuses Wynne of committing an act of contempt of provincial parliament around using public money to pitch plan to cut hydro costs to consumers.

Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown has already written to Minister Liz Sandals asking her to immediately stop the ad campaign, release a detailed account of the budget for these advertisements, as well as which consulting firms received the lucrative contracts.  These ads are potentially costing millions of dollars while families, businesses, hospitals, schools and other institutions suffer every day from affordable electricity bills.   

“Neither MPPs nor the public even know what the new hydro scheme looks like, what it will cost, and who will get left behind,” added Wilson. “Clearly, these advertisements serve no purpose other than to promote Kathleen Wynne’s re-election.”

“Based on past parliamentary rulings, we feel that we’ve got a very strong case. We look forward to hearing the ruling of the Speaker,” said Wilson, noting that the Ministry of Energy has previously confirmed that legislation is needed to enact this new hydro scheme.

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2 responses to “Wynne Liberals’ Partisan Hydro Ads In Contempt Of Parliament – Ontario Tories

  1. Clear electioneering indeed! All the Wynne government needed to do was to include the notice of rate cut in the bills sent out: no charge to government. However, Patrick Brown is, metaphorically, the pot calling the kettle black. The PC’s did more than their share of similar electioneering in their day. Such ads should be banned entirely. They are self-serving and expensive. They cost taxpayers plenty.
    What I would like to see is an investigation into who gets these advertising contracts and whether — or perhaps how much — they contribute to party coffers.
    Frankly, there are bigger social/human rights issues to pursue, like the College of Registered Psychotherapists’ assault on some faith-based counsellors and their religious affiliations. Hopefully, MPP Jack MacLaren will address this matter and others related to the College when he presents the 15,000 signature petition respecting the College, on March 27 at Queen’s Park.


  2. The Liberals have been electioneering for over a year with ads of this sort What they fail to tell you is this HYDRO AD will cost we the taxpayers about $40 Billion Dollar to finance their Hydro ELECTION Scheme


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