NDP Leader Andrea Horwath wants to deny Ontarians up to 40-50% off bills
A News Release from the Ontario Liberal Government Caucus
Posted May 15th, 2017 on Niagara At Large
Queen’s Park, Toronto – This May 15th, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath announced her party would not support taking up to 40-50% off your electricity bills.
Despite Ontario’s Fair Hydro Plan helping families, businesses, and farms across the province – including in Niagara and surrounding communities– Horwath said the “NDP can’t and won’t vote in favour of this” during a press conference this morning.
This stunning admission should come as a shock to every Ontarian.
For months, the NDP have talked about the need to help families with the cost of electricity. Now, when given the chance to support a plan that would, if passed, cut electricity bills by 25 per cent on average for all residential households and up to 40-50 percent for low-income Ontarians and families in some rural and Northern communities, the NDP have turned their backs on those who need this help most.
Today’s decision is just another distraction from a party that knows their own proposal doesn’t pass the smell test. Their biggest idea – buying more than $4 billion worth of Hydro One shares on the stock market – will not take one cent off electricity bills. Other alleged savings rely on a vague, yet-to-be determined “expert panel” to be convened sometime in the future. And they’re banking on lengthy, uncertain negotiations with the federal government for supposed reductions as well.
The NDP’s back-of-the-napkin proposal simply isn’t good enough.
Compare this to Ontario’s proposed Fair Hydro Plan. By helping families now and into the future, ours is clearly a plan that makes sense. It’s a shame the NDP have decided to vote against helping Ontario families and are playing politics instead.
For the latest message from the Ontario New Democratic Party on this issue,posted on Niagara At Large earlier this May 15th, click on – https://niagaraatlarge.com/2017/05/15/ontarios-new-democratic-party-to-vote-against-wynne-hydro-hike/ .
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