Energy Minister accuses Sault candidates of “mistruths” on Hydro Prices

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Glenn Thibeault, Sudbury  MPP and Ontario Energy Minister, today released the following statement regarding the Ontario Liberal Government’s work to reduce hydro rates:

“Contrary to the mistruths coming from the Conservative and NDP campaigns in Sault Ste. Marie, the Ontario Liberal Government’s Fair Hydro Plan will provide substantial, widespread and long-lasting relief on electricity bills that will have an immediate impact on peoples’ lives in Sault Ste. Marie. Through the Fair Hydro Plan, we are cutting electricity bills by 25 per cent on average for all families starting this summer, along with about half a million farms and small businesses. Families in rural or remote areas of the province will see up to 40 to 50 per cent off their bills. It is the single largest rate reduction in the province’s history, with rates also held to inflation for four years. Our plan is about real relief for Ontarians and a way to ensure greater fairness in our electricity system.

Ontarians are already starting to see the benefits of the Fair Hydro Plan, through the 8 per cent reduction in January, as well as the Ontario Energy Board’s May 1 rate update, which will deliver further savings to ratepayers sooner than expected. We are also introducing legislation this session that will, if passed, deliver on our pledge to cut electricity bills this summer.‎

Hydro rates have been rising because governments of all stripes neglected to invest in our electricity system for decades, which led to a breaking point with the province-wide blackout in 2003. We had to rebuild, and we chose to do it with clean energy. We closed our dirty coal plants, which was not only the single largest climate change initiative in North America, but the right thing to do. Smog days are now a thing of the past in Ontario.

The investments we made came with a cost, but our system is cleaner and more reliable than it has ever been, and now the Fair Hydro Plan will make it more affordable.

Patrick Brown and Andrea Horwath have an important job to do holding government to account, but an important part of that job is bringing credible, workable ideas to the table. Neither the NDP nor the Conservatives have managed to do so.

The NDP hydro pamphlet is both short on details and long on hollow promises. Many of that party’s proposals rely on a vague and yet-to-be-determined ‘expert panel’ that will be convened in the future, as well as pie-in-the-sky negotiations with the federal government. The NDP’s most expensive idea – buying back more than $4-billion in shares of Hydro One – will not take one cent off electricity bills. What it will do is send billions to the stock market instead of making much needed infrastructure investments in communities across Ontario.

But at least the NDP have put something forward. It’s been more than 60 days since we announced how we will provide real relief on electricity rates, and in that time Ross Romano and the Conservatives have failed to provide a single constructive idea on how to help families in Sault Ste. Marie. Their main talking point – ripping up contracts – would actually end up costing ratepayers money in penalties and legal fees, while reducing confidence in Ontario as a business-friendly province. This isn’t very well thought out for a party that prides itself on paying lip service to helping businesses.

It’s my hope that the NDP and Conservatives start taking their job more seriously, and start bringing real solutions to the table. In the meantime, I expect that they will support Fair Hydro Plan legislation so we can bring the significant rate relief Sault Ste. Marie ratepayers need for this summer, because it’s the right thing to do.”

17 COMMENTS

  1. The Liberals keep bragging about their “largest reduction to hydro costs in Ontario’s history!”.What they fail to mention is that it was them who gave Ontario the highest hydro costs in the history of our Country.Electricity prices soared well over 200% due to Liberal waste and mismanagement.Now they want a pat on the back for lowering it 18%?Vote them out.This clown doesn’t have a clue.

  2. I don’t care what the others are saying .. all i know that hydro cost increase significantly two years ago not saying it was not high before . It was high because bad contracts and misguided structuring of our hydro and green energy . Let’s not forget the heads of our hydro salaries and bonuses . If liberals weren’t so involved in short gains and off the mark for green energy structuring g they would be our hero’s . If the provincial and federal government was truly wanting us to reduce our dependence on petroleum and using green energy sources like water air or sun energy which technically is free and all produce electricity. Wouldn’t you expect electricity to be the cheapest source and if it was the oil and gas heating dependence would extremely drop in the first year . Electrical energy should never be private and should be owned by the canadian people . And sold back to us at a lower cost than all other sources . If sold to foreign countries . Should be sold for profit to the canadian people . Stop selling off all our profitable government run businesses.

  3. The good citizens of Sudbury have got to send these lieberals a strong message when this cartoon character runs for re-election next June. Seriously !!! You can’t make this sh?t up with wynne’s cast of cronies. They are so full of themselves that they can’t see past their nose how ridiculously arrogant and criminal-like their bombastic behavior is. Seriously !!!

  4. we got an 8% cut and oh boy our bill went from 214 to 242 in 2 months some saving from our great liberal bunch of thieves thanks for the great brake in lighting my home

  5. What an idiot Glenn Thibeault is, the power outage of 2003 was not caused by neglect of the power system, it was caused by a problem in Ohio which caused the system to go into a protection mode… The grid did exactly what it was suppose to do…

    Next where is he saving us money? We have a carbon tax grab back added on, and the 25% saving is coming from adding more long term debt so you actually get to pay more for longer… great job at digging an even bigger debit hole instead of actually doing something to reduce costs. All Glenn Thibeault has done is hide how much more you will be paying over your life time now…

    Maybe he should keep his nose in Sudbury where he has enough scandals going on…

  6. Raise rates by 200% and generously reduce rates by 25%. Sounds good to me! I don’t understand how they can’t hear the stupid coming from their mouths when they speak…

  7. I cant even believe that they are stating that”Ontarians are already starting to see the benefits of the Fair Hydro Plan, through the 8 per cent reduction in January, as well as the Ontario Energy Board’s May 1 rate update, which will deliver further savings to ratepayers sooner than expected. We are also introducing legislation this session that will, if passed, deliver on our pledge to cut electricity bills this summer”.‎. WHAT A JOKE! They raise our hydro costs by 200 % over the past few years causing folks to havt to choose between food or heat. This is no joke! They must think we are stupid..stupid people. How come they aren’t saying anything about that nice new tax (HST)they started adding on to us for gas, electricity. Etc. What a gift that was!!

  8. IF ANYBODY SHOULD withdraw from this race is Debbie Amaroso for Fiscal Irresponsibility

    Voted for the Budget that gave $276,000 of taxpayers money to the Innovation Centre which didn’t present CAN BUSINESS PLAN before getting it’s funding in 2005.

    Voted to give core funding to Innovation Centre, adding an annual levy on residential tax bill.Innovation Centre was supposed to be self sufficient in 5 years.Since 1999 , they have received millions in funding .

    Supported a 233% increase in Council travel budget.

    SUPPORTED hundreds of thousands of tax payers money for multimodal modal studies
    12 years later it has amounted to virtually nothing.
    Supported $5.2 million cost overruns on the truck route and supported over 17vmillion in cost overruns on east end sewage treatment plant .
    THESE COME FROM Council Minutes

    ROSS Romano needs to stay in this race .

    He does not have a history of “Do Nothing ”

    LIKE THE Liberal Candidate .

  9. We closed our dirty coal plants, which was not only the single largest climate change initiative in North America, but the right thing to do. Smog days are now a thing of the past in Ontario.
    Does this statement mean he pulled a TRUMP wall at the border to keep dirty southern air from entering Canada? What a joke the LIE-BERALS are

  10. The back stabber himself has the nerve to make comments about the other parties. He who couldn’t see a future for himself as an NDP member, changed to the Liberals. How could voters trust someone who is only concerned about himself. We will see during the next election if the electorate trusts him or not, I’d say a definite no, how about you?

    • He is right… the electricity system was neglected by all govts before. They had to spend a bunch of money on it and now they’re lowering rates, Can’t complain.

      • It would have cost significantly less to convert the coal plants to Natural Gas (which is what really replaced them) rather than to embark upon the expensive and extensive Green Energy initiative that has done nothing but drive up rates and cause the delivery charge to spiral out of control as it is used to pay to connect all of these disparate private facilities to the grid.

        Rates have increased from less than $0.05/kWh to an average of ~$0.013/kWh, almost triple. This small rate credit, funded by the amortization of 20 year contracts over 30 years means huge penalties in interest and that we will be paying for these contracts for 10 years after they expire. So yes, we most certainly CAN complain. This is a disaster that was poorly thought out and even more poorly executed.

      • You can complain Gmaruto. Billions of dollars was spend on the green energy act(paying off liberal cronies) and moving gas plants while very little was actually spend upgrading the system. Al the liberals have done here is burden future generations with higher prices in the way of debt. The real problem still exists within hydro and this party does NOT have what it takes to fix it.

      • Describe to me with facts what systems or structures was upgraded or replace under this government because of neglect . Examples .. I tell you fact the cost of hydro went up due to their failed contract on wind power which was admitted by Wynn in 2016 .

  11. Romano should stick with what he knows, exactly nothing.
    Don’t embarrass the town any further, withdraw now.

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