Home energy costs at breaking point say NDP

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Today, Ontario’s Financial Accountability Office (FAO) reported that people living in rural and northern Ontario see more of each paycheque go into paying their energy bills.

“Ontario’s financial watchdog shows what rural and Northern families have been saying all along, that every bill increase is pushing them closer and closer to a breaking point.

If bills go any higher, our kids won’t be able to afford a better life,” said Michael Mantha, MPP for Algoma-Manitoulin.

“Yet the Wynne government is continuing with its fire sale of Hydro One that is only going to push those bills higher, and force rural and Northern families to make impossible choices.”

The FAO report also shows that low-income people spend three and a half times more of their income on energy bills than the wealthiest Ontarians.

To quote the FAO, “Household home energy spending … is a greater burden for lower income households.”

“Taking the HST off hydro is a first step, but it can’t be the only step to getting bills under control when at the same time the Wynne government is opening up local hydro utilities to privatization that is only going to offset that savings by pushing electricity bills even higher,” said Mr. Mantha.

“Northerners can’t afford the sell-off of Hydro One, and they can’t afford the sell-off of local hydro utilities.”

“Premier Wynne must stop any more hydro sell-offs, whether it be local utilities or Hydro One.  That would be real action to deal with home energy costs in Ontario,”  said Mantha.

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