May 22nd, 2015
May 22nd, 2015
Queen’s Park – Today, Andrea Horwath, Leader of Ontario’s New Democrats called on the Liberal government to separate the portions of Bill 91 that relate to the proposed sell-off of Hydro One and to travel the committee across the province.
“Kathleen Wynne didn’t run on a plan to sell-off Hydro One and to this day she refuses to listen to Ontarians. She buried her short-sighted sell-off in a Harper-style omnibus bill and at every turn she has shut down debate and stifled consultation,” said Horwath.
For weeks, Horwath and the ONDP Caucus have called for hearings to travel the Province in order to ensure the most inclusive consultation possible. These requests have been consistently ignored by the Wynne Government.
“We’re not interested in working to pass an omnibus budget bill when Kathleen Wynne won’t listen to Ontario families on Hydro One. I’m calling on the Liberal government to separate the sell-off of Hydro One from their budget bill and to take the committee on the road over the summer so that Ontarians across the Province can have their say on this incredibly important issue.”
With one day of committee hearings left under the closure motion the Liberals rammed through the house last week, three quarters of the over 400 people that asked to appear at committee still have not had their chance to be heard. The committee has sat exclusively in Toronto.
“The Premier’s Harper-style tactics are the sign of a government that is growing more arrogant and out of touch by the day. I am calling on Kathleen Wynne to do the right thing and give Ontarians their chance to be heard on Hydro One.”