In Hamilton and across Ontario, people can’t afford privatization

Today during Question period, Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath highlighted the extreme unaffordability of hydro in the province as she told the story of her constituents Ernie Warner and his wife.  Horwath asked the Premier if they should be paying the price for her privatization schemes. 

“Ernie got in touch with my office because his hydro bill has increased by 20 per cent over the last few months. His wife requires home dialysis ‎and has no choice but to run it during peak hours,” said Horwath during Question Period.

Ernie Warner’s last hydro bill was $760 dollars.  Horwath noted that he and his wife can’t afford any more privatization but the Premier still would not commit to stopping the wrong-headed sell-off of Hydro One.

“Instead of stopping the sell-off of Hydro One and actually listening to Ontarians like the Warners, the Premier is making things worse,” said Horwath.  “She is greasing the wheels for a sell-off of local hydro utilities and refusing to halt the Hydro One sale.  It is incredibly disappointing that the Premier, especially in the face of stories like Ernie’s, is pushing ahead with a plan for our province’s hydro system that will undoubtedly lead to more hardship for the people of Ontario.”