Monday, May 16, 2011

Please don’t re-elect McGuinty

Barrie Examiner

So you think you’re saving money with the change in Smart Meter hours? That shaving of two hours off the peak interval gives you 10 more hours per week in the off-peak interval. The Ontario Government says it will save you money. Think again.

The peak rate is going up 8%, the mid-peak 10%, and the off-peak a whopping 15%. You will pay for every cent of the two-hour change and then some.

At the time of the interval change press release, they ignored the rate increases while selling the virtue of the 10% clean energy benefit. Add that benefit to the list of Dalton McGuinty government’s billion-dollar boondoggles, because that is what it will cost us every year for the next five years — money borrowed from our grandchildren.

When Dwight Duncan was the minister of energy, he said, “It would be irresponsible for the province and taxpayers to continue to subsidize electricity consumption, because it jeopardizes our ability to invest in health care and education.”

This is simply not sustainable, nor is it acceptable. The people of this province deserve better.” (Ontario Hansard Volume B, Nov. 26, 2003)

Why the sudden change in policy? Is it because an election is looming?

The government, by its own admission, is embarked on a plan that will increase our power bills by 46% by 2015.

That is 46 reasons not to re-elect the McGuinty government.
We do deserve better.

Grant Church Cayuga, Ont.

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