The NDP is calling on the Ontario Budget Watchdog to examine leaked cabinet documents about the Liberal government’s hydro relief plan — before politicians vote on the legislation. The Liberal government tabled plans to lower hydro bills for the next 10 years. But consumers will have to make up for lost revenues in the following 20 years. Mike Postovit reports.
An internal cabinet document leaked to the Progressive Conservatives shows that electricity rates in the province will spike come 2022.
Sophie Kiwala/Kingston and the Islands M.P.P.
“In my opinion I’m not seeing anything that’s being concealed — I don’t have any data on this leak.”
Todd Smith/PC Energy Critic
“So what this document that was released to me by a bureaucrat shows — keep in mind that it’s a confidential cabinet document and it shows that the price of electricity will skyrocket after the next election. And not only will the price skyrocket to record highs — highs we’ve never seen before — but they’re also reintroducing a new debt retirement charge — although they’re couching it as a clean energy adjustment.”
“I know that the opposition has a job to do. Without seeing the leak it’s hard to comment on it.
I know that there are a lot of different models that are used when developing a long term energy plan so was this one page of that, was it a page that was signed by a minister, was it a page that was created by staff — I have no idea at this time.”
The document, which breaks down the Liberal government’see recently announced plan to slash hydro rates by 25%, shows that prices will begin to rise for the average homeowner following this year. The government plans to cap the rate increases to 2% a year but then they spike when that cap expires in 2022.
“We’ve seen bills in the neighbourhood of 5, 6, 7 hundred dollars a month and if we’re going to go to record high electricity prices by 4 or 5 or 6 years from now we’re going to see these bills that we’re getting now only higher when that time rolls around.”
“If you’re an opposition party –you’re obviously going to spin it in the most negative way possible to make out these evil politicians as being a certain way — the fact is — it’s responsible government to build a solid, sound, safe, clean electrical system and that’s what we did.”
Mike Postovit, CKWS News, Kingston