Kathleen Wynne: ‘We’ve heard the concern about electricity bills’

Kingston, ON, Canada / CKWS TV

Electricity bills across the province continue to soar – it’s an issue that has become the biggest test for Kathleen Wynne’s liberal government.

Speaking to a large crowd at an event hosted by the Kingston Chamber of Commerce – the Premier didn’t shy away from the controversial issue but not apologizing for building a reliable power system.”

Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario
“We’ve heard the concern about electricity. The investments that we’ve made in clean reliable power were essential. The system was a mess in 2003 when our government was first elected. Smog days were much more reliable than the lights being on. Today electricity is dependable and it’s 90 per cent emissions free.”

And the cost of that system will keep going up. Ontario residents will face a hydro rate hike on November 1st, which will mean an extra 5 dollars a month added to home heating bills Рand an extra 4 cents a litre at the pumps. But there will be a bit of break for hydro customers come the new year.

Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario
“We’ve introduced legislation that would take 8 per cent off hydro bills as of this January 1st. And, we’re taking further measures to provide savings of up to 20 per cent for rural customers.”

Donna Glasspoole – Chair, Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce
“Is that enough? Probably not at this point. But, we heard today that there is a plan, we have a couple more years in that plan. So, we’ll see how we come out at the end.”

Although hydro rates and reducing green house gas emissions were main topics – the Premier touched on other areas – like creating 100 thousand more child care spaces for kids 4 and under – starting next year.

After the luncheon the premier chatted with guests and chamber members – taking additional questions and hearing comments or concerns.

Bill Stewart – Policy Analyst, Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce
“It was very positive and encouraging in the fact that we know that the governing party at Queen’s Park is listening to the Chamber movement, of which we are very strong here in the grassroots level in Kingston.”

Shannon Bradbury
“Following the chamber event Premiere Wynne had a face to face meeting with the Mayor and other city officials to discuss infrastructure and the third crossing. Shannon Bradbury CKWS Newswatch Kingston.”

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