We asked the Simcoe North provincial by-election candidates if they believe that Ontario should negotiate a long-term water power contract with Quebec to lower our energy bills.

So far we have received responses from the Liberal, NDP and Green Party candidates. But we are still waiting for a response from Patrick Brown.

According to Elizabeth Van Houtte, the NDP candidate: “The government should first connect our grid to clean energy sources in Quebec before embarking on costly and risky nuclear refurbishment projects that have a history of going wildly over-budget.”

According to Valerie Powell, the Green Party candidate: “The GPO supports importing low-cost hydropower from Quebec, a position we have advocated for years. This decision would not only save Ontario millions of dollars but also help us move away from unsafe, costly nuclear power.”

According to Fred Larsen, the Liberal Party candidate: “I am always open to opportunities for clean import trade agreements with other jurisdictions, including Quebec, when such imports provide clear value for Ontario ratepayers.”

To see the candidates full responses please click here.

If you live in Simcoe North, please attend an All Candidates meeting and ask Mr. Brown if he believes that Ontario should negotiate a long-term water power contract with Quebec to lower our energy bills.

Tues. Aug. 25, 5:30 p.m., Midland Cultural Centre. Hosted by the Southern Georgian Bay Chamber of Commerce

Thurs. Aug. 27, 7 p.m., City of Orillia Council Chambers, Hosted by the Orillia District Chamber of Commerce

Please pass this message on to your friends.

Thank you.

Angela Bischoff, Outreach Director

p.s. If you’d like any of our free by-election leaflets for your neighbours or work colleagues, please send me your mailing address.