We are now just a few months away from a provincial election and we know that rising electricity costs are sure to be a big issue on the campaign trail. So why have none of the parties at Queen’s Park embraced the real solution to lowering bills – buying power from Quebec?
Quebec just signed a deal with Massachusetts to supply power at 3 to 5.3 cents per kWh. That’s less than one-third of the projected cost of power from rebuilt reactors at the Darlington Nuclear Station. Yet our leaders seem more interested in accounting tricks and finger pointing than in grabbing Quebec’s sensational offer to make a similar deal with Ontario.
Right now, all our leaders (and leadership candidates) seem to be stumbling around in the dark on the electricity issue (with the exception of the Green Party, which has called for a deal with Quebec). To make a real difference for voters, they need to quickly flip the switch from dangerous high cost nuclear to clean affordable power from Quebec. Voters have had enough of non-solutions and the blame game. Now it is time for real answers.
Please tell the leaders and leadership candidates that you want answers, not empty promises.
Premier Kathleen Wynne: email@example.com
NDP Leader Andrea Horwath: firstname.lastname@example.org
PC Leadership candidate Christine Elliott: email@example.com
PC Leadership candidate Doug Ford: firstname.lastname@example.org
PC Leadership candidate Caroline Mulroney: email@example.com
Angela Bischoff, Director
P.S. We have sent the PC leadership candidates the following question: “Should the Government of Ontario seek to negotiate a long-term electricity supply contract with Hydro Quebec to lower our electricity rates?” We’ll let you know what they have to say. Stay tuned.