Ontario’s NDP Leader spent her morning in the Forest City talking skyrocketing hydro rates with a London family.
Alex Moore and his wife Sheri say their electricity rates had sharply increased year-over-year.
“We got our latest hydro bill and it was about $660,” says Alex.
“I just about fell over, I couldn’t believe how high it was. I’ve been following in the news that the rates were going up but I thought this was extraordinary so I kind of flew off the handle and I sent an email to Peggy [Sattler, London-West MPP].”
Sheri tells AM980 the ever-growing bills were despite efforts to reduce their energy consumption, and use hydro during off-peak times.
“It’s a significant jump from last year but then when I go back and I dig and I look at the usage, our usage is lower than last year. So we’re making these efforts, and it’s climbing and climbing,” Sheri begins.
“I can’t imagine how much that affects somebody who has budgeted out exactly what they need for hydro and exactly what they need for food. It’s not fair.”
— Andrea Horwath (@AndreaHorwath) October 28, 2016
NDP Leader Andrea Horwath visited the Moore’s home Friday morning to review their bills, and talked about how her party would do things differently.
“We’ve talked about a number of other things we need to do. We need to find a way to market our excess energy in a way that’s actually beneficial to Ontario ratepayers instead of giving it away for free or actually paying to light up the Manhattan skyline which is what’s happening right now.”
Horwath stressed that if the NDP were in power a partial sale of Hydro One never would have happened and says if elected they would stop any further privatization immediately.
“When you look at our two bookend provinces – Quebec and Manitoba – neither of those provinces went down that road and both of those provinces have hydro rates that are less than half of what Ontario families are paying and less than half of what Ontario business and industry are paying.”
The NDP leader’s day in London will end with a rally at the Covent Garden market at 6 p.m. Friday.
Horwath will join a group connecting a series of extension cords, which will be paraded through the downtown.
Organizers hope to set a world record for the longest extension cord.