OSHAWA – Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and NDP MPP Jennifer French met with Oshawa residents who are concerned about the Liberal plan to privatize Hydro One. This was the first in a series of public consultations that New Democrats will be holding across the province. Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said that Ontarians will pay the price for Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals’ short-sighted decision.
“Ontarians didn’t vote for a sale of Hydro One,” said Horwath. 'This is the wrong choice for Ontario and it's residents right here in Oshawa who will pay the price.
Kathleen Wynne must listen to people in Oshawa and across the province and stop her wrong-headed privatization plans. ”
The privatization of Hydro One will mean higher rates for the residents of Oshawa, and families across Ontario, who are already paying some of the highest electricity bills in Canada. Not only will the sell-off of Hydro One cut a dependable source of revenue for the Province that helps to pay for our hospitals and schools, but it will only cover 3% of the government’s promised 10 year expenditure on transit and infrastructure.
“Instead of choosing to close tax loopholes for big corporations, Kathleen Wynne is making Oshawa families and small businesses pay the price,” said Horwath.
Horwath said that New Democrats have heard Ontarians loud and clear. Selling off Hydro One is just plain wrong. It’s bad for our province. And it’s bad for ratepayers.
“We’ll stand up for the people of Oshawa and continue the fight to keep our hydro system in public hands where it belongs,” said Horwath.