I’ve spent a lot of time over the course of this by-election talking about making sure our children have a future in Sault Ste Marie. I have three young sons and raising them has made it clear to me that we need to think about who will be paying the price for policy we create today.
That’s why I was angry yesterday when Ontario’s Budget Watchdog confirmed what we’ve long suspected: that Kathleen Wynne’s so-called Fair Hydro Plan will actually raise hydro prices and cost Ontarians up to $93 billion. Kathleen Wynne will do anything to win in 2018 and with this unfair hydro plan she is charging our children for her re-election campaign. Our hydro rates will be increasing year by year.
By 2028, we can expect rate hikes of 12% every year. With these rates, local businesses will struggle to keep the lights on.
Sault Ste Marie needs to attract business to provide the jobs that our young people desperately need. We can’t do that when electricity is so much more affordable in places like Ohio, Pennsylvania and right across the border in Michigan. The high cost of living this will cause will drive more people out of the Sault. The other local candidates claim to want to create opportunities in Sault Ste Marie, but fact is that the Liberals and NDP have consistently stood in the way of every opportunity for progress with wrong-headed policy decisions.
If we want our kids to have a future in this city, that needs to change. The Ontario PCs will deliver that for our city. If you choose to send me Queen’s Park, I promise I will fight for our city.