Premier Kathleen Wynne says it’s a good thing her government is cutting electricity bills today by passing on the $25 billion cost to future generations of Ontarians.
Wynne defended this decision — developed with next year’s election in mind in the face of public fury over hydro bills — in an interview Monday with Newstalk 1010’s John Moore.
Here’s what she said:
“I’m quite comfortable saying to my grandkids that, you know, in order for your mom and dad to be able to do the things that they want to do for you right now, we’re going to ask you to pay a little bit for electricity that you’ll be using, for a system that you’ll be using when you’re a bit older. I think that’s a reasonable thing to ask of a couple of generations.”
Wynne may be comfortable passing the buck to our children and grandchildren but, as Newstalk 1010 commentator James Laidlaw pointed out, what happens 30 to 40 years from now when all the hydro infrastructure today’s children helped their parents and grandparents pay for, has to be replaced again?
Who’s going to help them, as adults pay for that expense, because it won’t be their parents and grandparents?
Wynne isn’t reducing hydro bills 17% on June 1 because of her prudent financial management of the electricity system.
She’s doing it by making provincial taxpayers subsidize hydro ratepayers, which accomplishes nothing because taxpayers and ratepayers are the same people.
In the past decade that saw electricity rates double in Ontario, while two provincial auditors general documented how they were wasting billions of dollars on green energy through reckless planning, the Liberals were indifferent to the suffering their electricity policies caused.
When their constituents appealed to Liberal MPPs for help, many were ignored, or received form letters. Some even got back snarky replies from Liberal MPPs.
Wynne and the Liberals didn’t come up with their “Rob Peter to pay Paul’ hydro subsidy plan because they suddenly care about Ontarians forced into energy poverty because of their inane policies.
They came up with it to save their hides.
Which is why they can’t be trusted to keep any promise they make before next year’s election after next year’s election, if they win again.
Toronto Sun by Sun staff
March 7th 2017