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MPP Laurie Scott Raises Constituency Concerns Over Hydro in the Legislature

MPP Laurie Scott Raises Constituency Concerns Over Hydro in the Legislature


I RECOGNIZE THE MEMBER FROM — >>THANK YOU. I CALL ON THE GOVERNMENT TO REIMBURSE ONTARIO TAXPAYERS. IT’S AN IMPORTANT ISSUE AND YET ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF THIS GOVERNMENT’S TOTAL MISMANAGEMENT OF THE HYDRO FILE. I HOLD VERY LITTLE HOPE THAT THE GOVERNMENT WILL LISTEN TO OUR LATEST CALL FOR THEM TO STOP HURTING THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO WITH THEIR MISGUIDED POLICIES, WHICH ONLY HELP THEM AND THEIR CORPORATE FRIENDS AT THE EXPENSE OF ALL THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO. THIS GOVERNMENT LIKES TO SPEAK OVER THE HARD-WORKING PEOPLE OF ONTARIO, TELLING THEM THEY DON’T KNOW WHAT THEY’RE TALKING ABOUT WHEN THEY TALK ABOUT THEIR POLICIES. NO ONE KNOWS BETTER WHAT A DISASTER THE HYDRO SYSTEM HAS BECOME UNDER THIS GOVERNMENT THAN THE HARD WORKING RATE PAYERS ACROSS THE PROVINCE. LAST SPRING I SET OUT A NEWSLETTER TO ALL MY CONSTITUENTS THAT INCLUDED A SURVEY ABOUT THEIR PRIORITIES. I’M HOLDING SOME UP, MR. SPEAKER, AND LET ME TELL YOU, I HAVE NEVER BEFORE SEEN SUCH A HUGE RESPONSE TO A NEWSLETTER SURVEY. HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS OF CONSTITUENTS REPLIED WITH DETAILED MESSAGES. AND MOST OF THEM FOCUSSED ON ONE PARTICULAR ISSUE. CAN ANYBODY GUESS WHAT THAT ISSUE WAS? YOU BET. IT WAS THE OUTRAGEOUS HYDRO RATES THIS GOVERNMENT IS DIRECTLY RESPONSIBLE FOR. LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT FRED. THE ONTARIO LIBERAL GOVERNMENT HAS INCREASED RATES 100% IN LESS THAN 12 YEARS. IT TOOK 100 YEARS TO GET TO THE RATES WE HAD IN 2005. THE LIBERAL GOVERNMENT MUST GO. I COULDN’T AGREE WITH FRED ANYMORE, MR. SPEAKER, AND I HATE TO BREAK IT TO HIM THAT THE RATES HAVE ACTUALLY GONE UP OVER 300%. BUT THESE INCREASES HAVE BEEN MORE THAN DOUBLE NATIONAL AVERAGE, AND ONTARIANS’ ELECTRICITY PRICES ARE ALREADY THE HIGHEST IN CANADA AND AMONG THE HIGHEST IN NORTH AMERICA. THE ONLY WAY TO EXPLAIN THE SITUATION IS MASSIVE INCOMPETENCE ON THE PART OF THIS GOVERNMENT. NO QUESTION. MANY OF THOSE WHO RESPONDED TO MY SURVEY ALSO MENTIONED THE OUTRAGEOUS SALARIES BEING PAID TO HYDRO ONE EXECUTIVES. FOR EXAMPLE, CHRIS NOTED THAT RIDICULOUS SALARIES ARE BEING HANDED OUT TO ALREADY WEALTHY EXECUTIVES WHILE THE REST OF THE POPULATION SUFFERS. WILL YOU, THE GOVERNMENT, EVER CARE ABOUT THOSE WHO ARE STRUGGLING. WE ON THIS SIDE HAVE ASKED THE GOVERNMENT THESE QUESTIONS AGAIN AND AGAIN, AND SADLY, I THINK THE GOVERNMENT HAS PROVEN THAT IT DOESN’T CARE AND IT WILL NEVER CARE. NEXT WE HAVE A QUESTION FROM GYM AND KATHY WHO ASKED, WHY IS IT NECESSARY TO HAVE INCREDIBLY HIGH HYDRO COST WHEN WE SEE IT SOLD AT LOWER PRICES TO THE USA AND IN SOME CASES GIVEN AWAY. THAT’S A VERY GOOD QUESTION, MR. SPEAKER. AS MY COLLEAGUES HAVE MENTIONED, INDEPENDENT ENERGY EXPERTS HAVE PUT THE COST OF PRODUCING THE POWER THAT IS BEING EXPORTED TO THE UNITED STATES AT MORE THAN A BILLION DOLLARS FOR 2016 AND MORE THAN 840 MILLION FOR THE FIRST TIME — THE FIRST NINE MONTHS OF 2017. WHAT THIS MEANS IS THAT THE GOVERNMENT STANDS TO LOSE BETWEEN 340 MILLION AND 675 MILLION PER YEAR ON THE EXPORT OF OUR ELECTRICITY. THAT’S DISGRACEFUL. I CAN’T SAY IT ENOUGH. IT’S DISGRACEFUL, MR. SPEAKER. THE GOVERNMENT HAS SHOWN IT HAS NO PROBLEMS THROWING MONEY AROUND AT FAILED GREEN ENERGY PROJECTS, AND NOW THEY’VE SHOWN THEY HAVE NO PROBLEM SUBSIDIZING THE ENERGY SENT TO OUR NEIGHBORS TO THE SOUTH. MEANWHILE, ONTARIO RATE PAYERS ARE LEFT WITH THE BILL TO THESE MISTAKES.

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