Once again this week, the Ontario government turned up its nose at an offer of low-cost power from its neighbour. Despite failing to make any progress on his promise to reduce electricity costs by 12%, Premier Ford told his Quebec counterpart that he was not interested in a deal that would provide power at one-third the cost of power from rebuilt reactors.
Quebec Premier Francois Legault isn’t giving up, however. He astutely predicts that once Ontario starts seeing the real costs of nuclear rebuilds, it will be a lot more interested in what Quebec has to offer.
Quebec has a large and growing electricity surplus and the lowest power costs in North America. Ontario is already in a position to import a significant amount of power from Quebec, and upgrading our transmission capacity to bring in enough power to replace all of the Darlington Nuclear Station’s production 24/7/365 would cost much, much less than rebuilding one reactor.
Premier Ford says he is focused on making life affordable for Ontarians. So why is his government following in the footsteps of its predecessors by ignoring what Quebec has to offer while subsidizing expensive nuclear projects?
Please email the Premier <firstname.lastname@example.org> and tell him it’s time to get serious about reducing electricity costs by making a deal with Quebec.
Thank you for making the time.
Angela Bischoff, Director