The Ontario Liberal energy polices continue to put people in the poor house and it doesn’t appear to be stopping anytime soon when you consider what was discussed at Queen’s Park yesterday, prompting the Ontario PC Caucus to issue a press release on the matter.
Liberal Minister for Environment and Climate Change Glen Murray confirmed his plan to eliminate natural gas as a fuel in Ontario. Industry officials estimate that switching homes from natural gas to electric heat will cost each Ontario household $3,000 more each year. Approximately 62 per cent of Ontario homes use natural gas for heating.
“If given the chance, Minister Murray has confirmed he would cut off affordable natural gas to Ontario’s cities,” said Ontario PC Energy Critic John Yakabuski. “Instead, Ontarians in cities would have to rely on electric heat, switch out their gas stoves and get rid of their gas barbecues. Minister Murray seems intent on eliminating natural gas in the province and making life even harder under the Liberals.”
This, just weeks after consumers were hit in the wallets again with the latest Hydro rate increase that came into effect May 1st. The latest adding about $3 a month to your hydro bill, another increase is set for November 1, 2016.
According to a poll on SaultOnline.com, 84% of those who voted named Hydro rates as the biggest issue facing Ontarians, and although not scientific, it clearly shows a snap shot of what’s on people’s minds in Ontario.
In response to a question from PC MPP Bob Bailey regarding the expansion of natural gas, Murray suggested “in Toronto, where I live, my building and others in my neighbourhood don’t need to be running on natural gas.” The Minister also stated that “home heating in the future is going to have to come from sources other than natural gas.”
The release continues, “Nothing has been more damaging to household budgets and to our economy than the province’s electricity rates,” added MPP Yakabuski. “The elimination of affordable natural gas would devastate family budgets and destroy the province’s natural gas industry. This government seems intent on making life more unaffordable in Ontario.”
A Facebook page has been set up with over 24,000 members encourage Ontario Hydro customers to post their bills, some extremely high due to non-payment.
It should be noted that Liberals have not passed any legislation nor have any in the works regarding elimination of Natural Gas as fuel source presently.