Niagara Area MPP Goes To Battle for Thorold Couple Fighting for Compensation from Hydro One

News from the Constituency Office of Welland (Niagara Centre) NDP MPP Cindy Forster

Posted April 16th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Welland (Niagara Centre) NDP MPP Cindy Forster in provincial legislature. file photo

From the Hansard from the LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF ONTARIO – Monday 16 April 2018

Ms. Cindy Forster: My question is to the Premier. For almost two years, my constituent Norm Fowler and his 92-year-old wife, low-income seniors, have been fighting with Hydro One to get full compensation after hydro crews accidentally blew up their appliances at their rent-geared-to-income residence in Thorold.

That’s right, Speaker; 220 volts went through their building at 61 Ormond Street in Thorold, instead of the intended 110 volts, destroying the appliances. Hydro One is refusing to pay the full compensation of $1,100 to them.

Ontario New Democrats have been warning about the privatization of Hydro, and here we are cutting corners, and seniors are left in our community to bear the brunt.

Why is the Liberal government allowing vulnerable, low-income seniors in our communities to pay the expensive price for this government’s short-sighted decisions?

Hon. Kathleen O. Wynne: Minister of Energy.

Hon. Glenn Thibeault (Minister of Energy): I want to thank the member for the question.

I can say that there are other customers from this complex who are coming forward as well and submitting claims. Hydro One will be reviewing every single one of those claims and assessing them on their individual merits.

 I understand that Hydro One will be reviewing every single one of those claims and assessing them on their individual merits, and I understand that Hydro One is working hard to resolve this matter, Mr. Speaker.

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