We surveyed the candidates running in the provincial by-election in Sault Ste. Marie on where they stood on Ontario Power Generation’s request for a 180% price increase to pay for the continued operation of its high-cost Pickering Nuclear Station and re-building the Darlington Nuclear Station.

Kara Flannigan, the Green Party candidate, made it clear that she fully opposes OPG’s plan.

Joe Krmpotich, the NDP candidate, noted that despite Ontario’s over-supply of electricity, “in January 2016, the Ministers of Energy and Finance suddenly announced that they were scrapping long-standing plans to close Pickering by 2020 or sooner, and would instead keep the aging station open at least four years longer, costing ratepayers hundreds of millions of dollars to generate electricity we don’t currently need … .The NDP’s plan calls for “an independent, fact-based evaluation of when to take Pickering offline.”

According to the Liberal candidate, Debbie Amaroso, “if continuing operation of the Pickering Nuclear Station and refurbishment of Darlington can ensure cost-effective electricity to fuel our province, than I am supportive of this plan.”

According to Ross Romano, the PC candidate, “Ontario’s ratepayers will benefit from the continued operation of the Pickering Nuclear Station and the refurbishment of the Darlington Generating Station.”

To read the Sault Ste. Marie provincial by-election candidates’ full responses to our questionnaire please click here.

-Angela Bischoff, Outreach Director