NDP says Wynne’s sign off on purchase of coal plants frustrating, hypocritical

With Hydro One's deal to buy and merge with American energy producer Avista, Ontario families are paying billions to once again own coal-fired power generation – an environmentally devastating business Ontarians have already paid to get out of.

“Kathleen Wynne is spending billions so that Ontario can once again own a dirty coal plant – that’s incredibly frustrating,” said Peter Tabuns, the NDP’s Energy, Environment and Climate Change critic. “By selling off Hydro One, she ensured that Ontario would lose control, and this merger shows just how little control the government has over a privatized Hydro One.

NDP will fight to improve Ontario labour laws

After two weeks of public hearings on Ontario’s new proposed labour legislation, Ontario NDP Labour critic Cindy Forster says the NDP will be tabling a package of amendments to strengthen the Wynne government’s weak labour bill – a bill Forster says misses the mark.

“We’ve spent the last two weeks hearing from workers, unions, community members and business owners on the government’s proposed legislation, and the message we’re hearing on all sides is clear: this bill has more loopholes and exemptions than actual protections,” said Forster. “It does not provide stability to the growing number of workers in unstable jobs.”

Statement from Ontario NDP Energy Critic Peter Tabuns

Ontario NDP Energy Critic Peter Tabuns issued the following statement regarding today's Fraser Institute report on Ontario's skyrocketing hydro costs:

“The report released this morning by the Fraser Institute shows that Ontario families are being gouged, paying the highest prices for hydro in the nation. 

That report underscores the need to bring hydro back into public hands so we can regain control over skyrocketing bills.

With hydro bills going up at four times the rate of inflation, still we see another 20 per cent hike to delivery rates being considered. And top of that, we learned yesterday that Hydro One will buy and merge with American utility giant Avista -- a move to create a huge multinational utility that means even less control and even more financial risk for Ontarians.

The NDP has a plan to lower hydro bills for everyone by at least 30 per cent and bring hydro back into public hands, so families can afford to keep their lights on and make dinner at dinner time once again, and hydro revenues can be invested into the services people need, from health care to transit.”

Hydro One announcement means less control, more cost for Ontarians: NDP

Ontario NDP Energy Critic Peter Tabuns issued the following statement:

“Today’s announcement by Hydro One to acquire and merge with American utility giant Avista should raise red flags for every Ontarian who is struggling to pay their unaffordable hydro bills. This move to create a huge multinational utility means less control over our province’s electricity system and more financial risk for Ontarians.

It also raises real concerns about job security for Ontarians. It’s clear that the new Hydro One’s first responsibility is to its international shareholders, not to the people of Ontario. By ignoring the wishes of Ontarians and selling off Hydro One, Kathleen Wynne put the interests of investors around the globe ahead of the interests of our province and all of us who live here and pay a hydro bill.”  

Wynne turns her back on Ontarians paying even more for auto insurance rates

In response to Ontario auto insurance rates rising for the second quarter in a row, Ontario NDP Transportation critic Wayne Gates issued the following statement.

“After dismissing her promise to Ontarians to reduce auto insurance rates as a ‘stretch goal,’ Premier Kathleen Wynne is now siding with insurance companies.

NDP: Sears liquidation profit should fund pensions – not executive bonuses

Sears Canada has been given the court’s approval to begin liquidation sales Friday at the 59 locations it plans to close – the proceeds of which Ontario’s NDP says should fund Sears’ employees pensions first, not executive bonuses or debts to large firms.

The Ontario NDP has demanded legal changes so that when a company is entering bankruptcy, current and former employees are the first in line to get paid the pensions they’re owed – not last. A year ago, New Democrats were successful in passing a motion at the provincial legislature on that subject, but Premier Wynne refused to act on it.

NDP calls on Wynne to play fair with OLG workers

 Ontario NDP Labour Critic and Welland MPP Cindy Forster is calling on Kathleen Wynne’s government to ensure its Crown corporation, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) end the lockout of the workers at the OLG's Woodbine Racetrack. 

“The Liberal government is out of touch with Ontario workers. Wynne doesn’t seem to understand that workers and their families are counting on these jobs. The OLG, a Crown corporation that ultimately takes its directive from the government, should be a leader when it comes to employment standards -- especially at a time when the government is hearing from the public on various labour and employment initiatives. Instead, the Liberal premier has allowed the Crown corporation to lock out over 400 workers and leave them and their families stranded,” said Forster.

Liberals, Conservatives cap labour bill hearings

An all-party committee of MPPs is touring the province to hear feedback regarding proposed changes to labour laws – but Wednesday night, Wynne's Liberals and the Conservatives refused to support a move from NDP MPP and Labour critic Cindy Forster meant to extend the committee's hearings.

The proposal was aimed at accommodating a young worker who wanted a chance to speak. Conservative and Liberal MPPs joined together to cut the proceedings  and send him, and anyone else that wanted to speak, away. 

NDP demands law change so employees, pensioners get paid first

The Ontario NDP is demanding legal changes so that when a company is entering bankruptcy, current and former employees are the first in line to get paid the pensions they’re owed – not last.

Echoing several other troubling examples in recent years, employees who have lost their jobs as a result of Sears Canada locations closing have found themselves without severance packages, and with their pensions in jeopardy. Meanwhile, current laws allow Sears to pay out its other debts, first. This week, Sears Canada is seeking the court’s permission to suspend some of its pension obligations.

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