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Bill Walker MPP Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound
Queen's Park

Bill Walker MPP

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For Immediate Release
June 20, 2017

MPP Walker wants to block proposed hydro hike, will go before OEB to fight for affordability

OWEN SOUND – Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker will speak before an Ontario Energy Board hearing in Owen Sound tomorrow evening to urge them to reject an application for an unfair and unaffordable rate hike at Hydro One.
 
Walker said his constituents are beyond frustrated by rising electricity costs and he will continue to fight on their behalf for affordability.
 
“They should not be putting in massive hydro hikes after giving their CEO a nearly $4 million raise,” Walker said. “My constituents are already struggling to put food on the table and local businesses can’t afford even higher electricity bills.”
 
Hydro One recently filed an application with the energy board (OEB) to hike distribution rates, resulting in the average family paying another $141 annually. Walker’s party Leader Patrick Brown recently wrote a letter to Premier Wynne, urging her not to allow the increase.
 
“This hydro rate increase, which begins January 1, 2018, is extremely unfair and unaffordable,” Brown wrote in his letter to Premier Wynne. “I am urging you to immediately reject this application, and all subsequent applications, until executive compensation is reined in at Hydro One and the government has stopped signing expensive, new, unneeded power contracts.”
 
Walker said he was stunned and disappointed the Premier and her Energy Minister, Glenn Thibault, refused to stand up for ratepayers who have already overpaid their hydro bills by $37 billion. He added that the minister reserves the right to issue a ministerial directive to the OEB to reject an application for a $141 per year increase.
 
Since the Liberals announced their so-called Fair Hydro scheme that promises to cut electricity rates by 25 per cent, Ontario’s Financial Accountability Officer confirmed that electricity rates will actually climb under the Liberals’ plan in the long term.
 
“This is a rate hike that could take effect in 2018, and that Premier Wynne’s government refuses to stop. We always knew she’d hike rates after the 2018 election, but we didn’t know she would also hike them before the election.”
 
Walker said his presentation to the OEB tomorrow will be about the need for hydro affordability for his constituents in Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound.

The hearing will be held at Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Concerned ratepayers can register to speak by visiting https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/oeb-community-meeting-owen-sound-tickets-35348209446
 
CONTACT: Ana Sajfert | ana.sajfert@pc.ola.org | 416-325-6242


 
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