On Facebook (FB), it seems that people have been posting articles with regards to our Hydro costs that are increasing, here in the province of Ontario, Canada.
I must admit that I was surprised when I saw this posting, and have decided to share it with you.
The posting is by letsfixhydro.ca and is entitled, Letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Click on this link to read it: http://www.letsfixhydro.ca/letter-to-prime-minister-.html.
At first, I thought I wouldn't share the actual letter info, but in case you couldn't click on the link, I decided to share it with you. Here it is:
Office of the Prime Minister
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, P.C, M.P.
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2
Dear Prime Minister:
We are Ontarians, living in fear of Energy Poverty and the Ontario Liberals.
We are Canadians who love our country, and our province. We are families with homes, and children, young people starting a new life and seniors living in retirement. Some of us work, and some of us own businesses. Some of us live in cities, towns and villages, many in rural Ontario.
While we differ in many ways, we are unified in our resolve to elevate this message.
We respectfully ask that you listen to our story, and allow the words the weight and respect they deserve.
We are looking to you, in your new role as Prime Minister to take these concerns into consideration as you head to the Climate Change Conference Summit Talks in Paris in December.
We believe in clean energy and protecting our environment. We want to leave our children and grandchildren a healthy world to raise their children. To be clear, we support such initiatives, but not at the cost of losing our homes, jobs and businesses.
The Ontario Liberals have reeked havoc with business and industry and put thousands of families in harms way; many having to choose between Hydro or food. That last statement in not an embellishment meant to lend credibility to the facts stated; it is the painful unvarnished truth. Energy poverty is taking root in Ontario and the ramifications are real.
In your letter to Canadians dated November 4th you state;“I am committed to leading an open, honest government that is accountable to Canadians, lives up to the highest ethical standards, brings our country together, and applies the utmost care and prudence in the handling of public funds.”
Prime Minister, we have watched the Ontario Liberals govern with no respect for ethical standards. They have successfully pitted rural communities against urban communities and implemented energy initiatives that have cost Ontarians billions of dollars in mistakes the Ontario Liberals confess too. They have recklessly and without regard for the people of this province or careful consideration and due diligence, entered into contracts with private companies providing Wind and Solar power, that are costing ratepayers much more than they can afford. The Ontario Liberals have taken away all transparency and oversight in their bid to sell the Crown Corporation Hydro One. They have disregarded the reports and subsequent suggestions put forward by the Auditor General and the Ontario Ombudsman. They have stood by and allowed the severely broken business model of Hydro One, abuse ratepayers with smart meters that do not work, incorrect invoices and threatened disconnection if erroneous bills are not paid.
But perhaps the most grievous atrocity of all, is how the Ontario Liberals mislead everyone with their spin on how Ontario is competitive in the cost of electricity and how their clean energy initiatives are an example to other provinces in Canada.
Prime Minister, we respectfully submit that you investigate the true ‘cost’ of Premier Wynne’s energy file. Look at the delivery costs of Hydro to rural homes, businesses and farms. In Low Density communities people pay more for the delivery for Hydro than for the Hydro alone. When a family’s hydro bill exceeds their mortgage payment, there is something very, very wrong. When families are put in the position of choosing between providing heat or putting food on the table, it is shameful. When industry leaves the province citing high electricity costs and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce warns the Ontario Liberals one in 6 businesses will close in the next 5 years it strikes fear into Ontarians. When hundreds of communities across the province join in writing to the Ontario Liberals they do not support the sale of Hydro One, and they are ignored, not only is something wrong, it is disrespectful.
Clean energy is a good thing, if it is implemented in such a way that it is fiscally prudent and does not create massive debt or punitive charges that will be reflected in Canadians’ energy bills, or drives away industry and business from the province or country.
Ontario is now a have not province. The future of this province is in jeopardy. This winter thousands of families will be afraid to turn on their furnaces. Seniors and those on fixed incomes who are most vulnerable, will be placed in harms way; and the energy credit support programs touted by the Ontario Liberals are not only grossly insufficient, they are cancelled out by the elimination of the Clean Energy Benefit that will no longer be offered come January 1, 2016.
Premier Wynne is providing Toronto with infrastructure, an investment paid for on the backs of rural Ontarians and the escalating delivery costs in their Hydro Bills, while the larger urban centres delivery costs go down.
The Ontario Liberals are not leading in an open and honest way, and with their majority government have not made themselves accountable to Ontarians. The Ontario Liberals are under several investigations, which calls into question their ethical standards, and their energy file is rife with problems, hidden in secrecy. Premier Wynne and her Liberal government have shown no respect or prudence in the handling of public funds.
As Canadian citizens and Ontarians we would ask that you engage Premier Wynne asking her to address those hard questions as you head to the Paris Summit on Climate Change. Prime Minister, we respectfully ask that you look behind the curtain that is closed to the other political parties at Queen's Park and the people of Ontario.
The questions that beg to be answered are; if the Ontario Liberals clean energy initiatives are so successful and a benefit to our province, then why are thousands of Ontarians being forced into energy poverty, why is industry leaving the province and our country, why are businesses closing and jobs being lost, why did they disregard the reports from the Ombudsman and Auditor General, and why is everything a secret?
It is our hope that the Ontario Liberals follow your mandate in terms of transparency and honesty, and work with the representatives from all parties at Queen's Park and the people of this province, open the energy file for review and fix the problems that are putting the province of Ontario in harms way.
We thank you for your consideration.
The People of Ontario
I realize that you are probably not someone who lives in Ontario. But, if you are, please send this letter, or a similar one to our newly elected Prime Minister... Justin Trudeau.