May 12th, 2014

New Democrats make life more affordable for families by taking the HST off hydro bills

THUNDER BAY  Andrea Horwath, Leader of Ontario’s New Democrats, joined Thunder Bay-Superior North candidate Andrew Foulds and Thunder Bay-Atikokan candidate Mary Kozorys to talk about the NDP’s plan to put money back into the budgets of middle-class families by taking the HST off hydro bills. 

“Middle-class families are getting squeezed like never before, and nothing squeezes them harder than hydro bills. Taking the HST off hydro bills is a simple, achievable step that will put money back into the pockets of every Ontario family and help make life more affordable,” said Horwath.

An NDP government will take the provincial portion of the HST off of hydro bills starting in 2016, saving a typical Ontario family about $120 every year.

“Ontario families are paying some of the highest electricity bills in the country. Instead of making life affordable, the Liberals decided to add an unfair tax on top of that. We’re going to take it off and make life affordable for families,” said Horwath.

“The NDP is focused on creating good jobs, making life affordable, improving healthcare, and respecting people’s tax dollars. That’s change that makes sense for families.”