The following statement was issued by the Provincial NDP Leader Andrea Horwath in relation to comments made by Sault PC candidate Ross Romano on Sault Area Hospital and Hydro rates
“The privatization of our hydro system, including lucrative contracts being awarded to an elite few, started under the Conservatives, and Kathleen Wynne is finishing the job.
That’s why it was bizarre to read the Sault’s Conservative candidate’s statement in the Sault Online. A cut-and-privatize Conservative is tying himself in knots, desperate to blame skyrocketing hydro prices on anything but privatization.
Saultites know what caused the sky-high hydro prices: well-heeled politicians letting friends and insiders make huge profits from the electricity system.
And the Conservatives’ solution? Who knows.
While Kathleen Wynne’s $40-billion borrowing scheme is a big win for bankers and obviously not the right plan, the Conservative leader and his local candidate, Mr. Romano, haven’t got a plan at all.
My plan is online for all to read, and it will save us all up to 30 per cent on our hydro bills. My plan provides immediate relief, and long-term change to the system to make electricity affordable going forward.
The Conservative leader has been a politician for 17 years – including nine years in the Harper government. He and his local candidate pretend that privatization isn’t the cause of the hydro-price crisis – and you have to wonder if that’s because they support continuing down the privatization path.”