Cost Of Ontario’s Gas Plant Scandal More Than Doubles To Over $3B, Hitting Ratepayers

 “When you have families across Ontario choosing to heat or eat, you’d think it would be a wake-up call for the Liberal government to come clean.” Ontario Progressive Conservative Party energy critic Todd Smith

A News Release from Ontario’s Progressive Conservative Party

Posted June 5th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Seven years ago, signs like this were popping up on residential lawns in Oakville and Mississauga, causing the then Ontario Liberal government of Dalton McGuinty to pull the plug on construction of gas fired power plants in those two municipalities just prior to a provincial election. The pull-out ended up costing Ontario taxpayers mega bucks.

It turns out the $1.2 billion price tag revealed by the Auditor General in 2015 for the Liberal gas plant scandal is just the beginning. Now ratepayers will be on the hook for an additional $1.56 billion to pay for the replacement gas plants in Sarnia and Napanee, according to reports. 

“The Liberals covered up the true cost of their desperate re-election ploy in 2011, leading to a court trial this fall. But it turns out the true cost of this scandal is far higher,” said Ontario PC Energy Critic Todd Smith. “This only means one thing and one thing only: when you get your bill, you’ll see that this reckless Liberal scandal is costing you more.”

The news (came this May, 2017) on the heels of a cabinet document leaked by the Ontario PCs revealing that hydro rates will skyrocket under Kathleen Wynne’s unfair hydro scheme.  

“When you have families across Ontario choosing to heat or eat, you’d think it would be a wake-up call for the Liberal government to come clean,” added Smith. “But here they go again, caught red-handed hiding the doubling of the cost of the gas plant scandal.”

By the numbers:

  • $360 million: Cost of new Sarnia gas plant
  • $1.2 billion: Cost of new Napanee gas plant
  • $1.2 billion: Cost of 2011 gas plant cancellation
  • 5: Number of OPP investigations the Liberal government is under

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One response to “Cost Of Ontario’s Gas Plant Scandal More Than Doubles To Over $3B, Hitting Ratepayers

  1. I have some questions.

    $360 million: Cost of new Sarnia gas plant
    $1.2 billion: Cost of new Napanee gas plant
    Why is there such a HUGE discrepancy in the cost of building the two plants?

    $1.2 billion: Cost of 2011 gas plant cancellation
    How can it cost over a BILLION dollars to cancel one’s intention? By that math my bank account would be in the red by trillions of dollars when typically, by doing nothing, I actually retain or grow my investments.

    5: Number of OPP investigations the Liberal government is under
    What are the 5 investigations about, when were they launched, by whom and will the findings become public record?

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