Spend­ing $5.5M to tell us what we know

Waterloo Region Record - - EDITORIALS & COMMENT -

Re: Pro­mot­ing hy­dro cuts to cost $5.5M — Sept. 26

Kath­leen Wynne and her pro­vin­cial Lib­er­als just keep­ing on toss­ing around this hot potato. The mis­man­age­ment of the en­ergy file just car­ries on. Go­ing back to Dal­ton McGuinty’s days, his team of overzeal­ous bu­reau­crats signed up hugely ex­pen­sive con­tracts for al­ter­na­tive sources of wind and so­lar power. They hid the pea in terms of ris­ing costs un­til it showed up on con­sumers’ monthly bills. As it turned out, the power costs were un­sus­tain­able and were cut back, but the dam­age was al­ready done and the higher costs lin­gered on. The can­celled gas plant scan­dal added an­other $1.2 bil­lion to the con­sumers’ bur­den and now pretty much ev­ery­one I know is ex­actly aware of their monthly hy­dro ex­pense.

Any­one who can read or vis­its their favourite dough­nut shop is well aware that hy­dro bills are now be­ing ar­ti­fi­cially low­ered just in time for the next elec­tion. How­ever, Pre­mier Wynne feels that she still needs to spend $5.5 mil­lion of our money to tell us some­thing we al­ready know. And the beat goes on. Tom Fitzsim­mons Kitch­ener

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