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A rallying call to bring Hydro rates back to affordability: Enough is Enough


This weekend I attended and spoke at rally decrying the state of Ontario Hydro One, rates, charges and the impending sale of 60% of the public utility to private hands.

It was a well attended rally the crowd reaching almost 100 at its peak, and several hundred more driving by and showing support by honking at the corner of Woodroffe and Carling Avenues. A live stream of the event had almost 200 more viewers subscribing to the watch the event online.  My speech to the crowd is available by clicking on the link below:


At stake is not only the financial health and future of Ontario, but also for Ontarians. The sale of Hydro One means that a valuable piece of Ontario infrastructure now falls out of our hands, and never will come back – unless at a very great price. I should point out, in the effort to remain transparent, that in May 2012, the Ontario PC Party released a White Paper advocating a partial availability of Hydro to a Pension Fund led equity stake with possible door opening for future investments. But to see a large majority leave public hands is a very big deal.

The discussion on the sale is one area where the Ontario NDP and PC’s differ, but where we agree is that the handling of Hydro rates and the affect on Ontarians has been atrocious. NDP House Leader Gilles Brisson (MPP Timmins – James Bay) came to Ottawa to speak about Hydro One and Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli. You can view Mr. Brisson at the rally here:


The two-hour rally had many impassioned speakers and stories of Hydro bills that are putting people’s lives, businesses and homes at risk. It was well covered by local media, meaning it was on the radio hourly from mid afternoon on and also made the local TV evening news.

A provincial rally at Queens Park is planned for May 13th, we expect representatives from the opposition to attend and speak including the newly selected Ontario PC Party Leader. With 10,000 complaints to the Ombudsman and growing, Minister Chiarelli continues to brush the allegations away, like a speck of dust.

Enough is Enough!

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Drop the puck already!

It will have been the longest pre-game show in a while in Ontario.  The team Captain of the home team just announced her starting line up a week ago.  In a twist of a regular hockey match there will be two other teams on the ice.  One has been busy putting out line combos that could represent what the new home team would ice as a team while the other seems to have been watching everything  from the benches.  The puck is set to drop on February 19th on Queens Park.

Its said politics is more like hockey than it is ballet; in Ontario it has been a bit of both since Dalton McGuinty prorogued Queen’s Park (read my October 16th post ‘Gone? Not Really…).  The Ontario Liberal party has been on tiptoes on major issues, going so far as to not barely talking about ORNGE, Gas plant closure/movement and eHealth during the leadership race and debates.

On Tuesday the ballet slippers come off and the skates are on.

In Ottawa we’ll be watching if the Energy portfolio is Bob Chiarelli’s undoing as a Minister and an MPP, he’ll be responsible for the $1 Billion plus move of two gas plants, just to save a government from defeat and a Green Energy Plan that is having people see red.  I’ll be keeping an eye on freshly minted Labour Minister Yasir Naqvi; he’ll now wear the chain of office call Bill 119.  His bill will cost small companies and organizations in Ottawa Centre and Ontario more money to support an outdated and poorly run WSIB.  The Liberal way of gathering more money and throwing it a problem is not the fix needed for the WSIB and our employees who have been denied support.  While as President of the OLP he was able to escape the some responsibility for the problems of the Ontario Government, he now has no escape from accepting the accountability that has put Ontario in the hole, downgraded, jobless and looking for federal handouts.

In “Gone? Not Really…” I wrote that “Ontario will not truly be ready to be a leader in Canada until McGuinty is REALLY gone as is the Liberal Party of Ontario as the governing party.”  With a McGuinty Minister now as Premier and the Health Minister also serving as Deputy Premier, it looks like the Liberals will be icing the same team as before.

Drop the puck already, can the gloves for far behind?

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