NDP says Libs, PCs trying to out-privatize each other when it comes to hydro
“Families deserve help with hydro bills. What the Liberals are offering is help for Hydro One to collect people’s money.” – Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath
A News Release from the Office of Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath
Posted November 27th, 2017 on Niagara At Large
Queen’s Park, Toronto – Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath is demanding that Ontario ban the use of pre-pay hydro meters that force families to feed the meter to turn the electricity on. Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals are defending a proposal to start installing the meters on Ontario homes.
The proposal is to spend $9.1 billion to install the meters on Ontario homes. The meters would skirt rules that prevent the privatized Hydro One from disconnecting people’s electricity in the winter.
“With the pre-pay meters, Hydro One won’t have to disconnect anyone. The power will get cut off automatically if the customer doesn’t feed the meter,” said Horwath. “Imagine a family struggling to keep up with their skyrocketing hydro bills. There will be no option to come up with a payment plan, and no protection against a winter-time disconnection – the meter just runs out, and the home goes dark.”
For over a century, Ontario’s public hydro system was an economic powerhouse that provided good jobs, prosperity and affordable hydro for Ontario families and businesses. But after Conservative and Liberal privatization, Ontarians are struggling to pay hydro bills that have skyrocketed.
“People literally have to choose between keeping the lights on and putting food on the table. In Ontario, in 2017,” said Horwath. “It’s time for a plan that offers hope for lower bills – not a plan to help the Liberals and Hydro One ensure everyone pays up.”
Over the weekend, the Conservative Patrick Brown confirmed that his party supports the Liberal hydro scheme – both the privatization, and the plan to borrow money, then hike hydro bills after the election.
“Under the Conservative and Liberal plan, hydro bills for families and businesses will soar just after the next election,” said Horwath. “The NDP plan will lower hydro bills by at least 30 per cent and will bring Hydro One back into public hands, so we have control over our hydro bills again.
“Families deserve help with hydro bills. What the Liberals are offering is help for Hydro One to collect people’s money.”
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