Grits make life harder: Brown

The Barrie Examiner - - NEWS - IAN MCINROY

TORONTO – On­tario Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive leader Patrick Brown de­tailed his party’s plans to hold the Lib­er­als ac­count­able in ad­vance of the fall leg­isla­tive sit­ting, Mon­day.

The Sim­coe North MPP said “life’s harder” with the reign­ing Lib­er­als run­ning the prov­ince.

“Af­ter 14 years in power they’ll never change. Kath­leen Wynne and the Lib­er­als are only in it for them­selves and their in­sider friends,” Brown said. “With the Leg­is­la­ture back in ses­sion, the On­tario PCs look for­ward to hit­ting the ground run­ning and hold­ing the gov­ern­ment to ac­count.”

Brown said his pri­or­i­ties in­clude stop­ping Hy­dro One’s re­cent ap­pli­ca­tion for a $141 per year rate hike, Hy­dro One’s $7 bil­lion pur­chase of a for­eign dirty coal burn­ing com­pany, and the “se­cret deal with Que­bec for even more power On­tario doesn’t need.”

Brown also high­lighted the two on­go­ing court tri­als fac­ing the Wynne Lib­er­als, in­clud­ing one which will see Premier Wynne take the stand.

“It re­ally is a sad day that a sit­ting premier will tes­tify in a trial re­sult­ing from po­lice charges,” he said. “Make no mis­take. It is Lib­eral po­lit­i­cal cor­rup­tion that’s on trial.”

A spokesper­son for the Lib­eral gov­ern­ment did not pro­vide com­ment about the tri­als on Mon­day.

Com­ments from Bar­rie MPP Ann Hog­garth were also not avail­able.

Com­ments from the Wynne gov­ern­ment about Brown’s as­ser­tion about hy­dro in­creases were at­trib­uted to the Lib­eral Cau­cus Ser­vice Bureau.

“Our Fair Hy­dro Plan pro­vides im­me­di­ate re­lief in the short-term by re­duc­ing elec­tric­ity bills by 25% on av­er­age for all On­tar­i­ans, up to 40-50% if you’re ru­ral or low­in­come,” the bureau stated. “It then holds rates to in­fla­tion for the fol­low­ing four years.”

The bureau’s state­ment also al­luded to the PCs vot­ing against Bill 148, the Lib­er­als’ plan to raise the min­i­mum wage to $14 an hour in Jan­uary and to $15 in Jan­uary 2019.

“We want every fam­ily to ben­e­fit fairly from On­tario’s grow­ing econ­omy, bal­anced bud­get, and Canada-lead­ing job growth,” the bureau stated. “That’s why our plan for Fair Work­places and Bet­ter Jobs in­cludes steps to ad­dress the con­cerns of those who worry about fall­ing be­hind, even as they work so hard to get ahead.”

The next elec­tion will be about who will make it eas­ier for On­tario fam­i­lies to make ends meet, Brown said.

“We will con­tinue to work hard every day on be­half of On­tario fam­i­lies so that they can pay less and get ahead.”

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