The Ontario government’s about face

September 21, 2016

Recent events in Ontario present an interesting way of looking at things. First was a request from the Ontario government (It looks like a petition) aimed at getting voters “to support lower hydro bills for Ontarians.”  The request is also being supported by letters written by Liberal MPPs addressed to “Dear friends” followed by, “I am pleased to share with you that our government has announced important action to reduce the cost of electricity bills for families and businesses, in addition to reducing northern, rural and remote bills even more.”

The immediate reaction is, hey, weren’t you the energy ministers, and their leaders Dalton McGuinty and Kathleen Wynne the ones that increased the rates in the first place? And didn’t you do this via the Green Energy Act (GEA)? Didn’t you issue more than 100 directives to the Ontario Power Authority (now merged with IESO), the OEB, Hydro One, IESO and OPG telling them what to do?

So why the about face? Unless it is meant to place the blame on all those foregoing entities when the truth is, oppressive management and the GEA decreed how the bureaucrats should behave while removing democratic rights from municipalities.

The second event that caught my attention was the proroguing of the Legislature so Premier Wynne could present her case for how to resolve the energy “crisis.” (Never mind her recently appointed Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault denied it was a crisis in a recent interview with Shirlee Engel of Global TV.)

Minister Glenn Thibeault’s current behavior is interesting. Several years ago when he was Executive Director of the United Way of Sudbury he said this about poverty in Ontario:  “Every year, right before school starts, our phone at the United Way office starts ringing off the hook.We have mothers and fathers calling us, some crying, as they need to decide whether to buy food or buy a backpack and school supplies for their child. That isn’t right and I’m glad our donors and many of our community partners have stepped up to the plate so we can help a few hundred children.”

Now here we are with families having to choose whether to buy food or heat their homes, and former NDP, former United Way exec Thibeault is the Minister of Energy. I’m sure he has heard cries from mothers, fathers and seniors about energy unaffordability since he commenced drinking from the “fire-hose” he suggested is the Ministry of Energy portfolio during his interview with Global TV.

So why is he not speaking up now for the poor?

Parker Gallant

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3 thoughts on “The Ontario government’s about face”

  1. Reblogged this on Patti Kellar and commented:
    He isn’t speaking up because he is riding the Liberal gravy train, promised to him when he took the job by undermining his predecessor. Besides, that’s what politicians d – first tout how wonderful they are, then deflect all responsibility on their opposition and NEVER UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES give an honest and straight forward answer to anything. If you don’t believe me, watch any session of Queen’s Park Question Period, where nothing is ever answered. KATHLEEN Wynne and the Liberal caucus could have recognized the enormity of this crisis and actually done something tangible to resolve it yet failed to do so once again – still riding her greed/green train it off the rails. She forgets there is only one wallet and it is ours.

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  2. It’s too bad that such a crucially important issue as energy is viewed as a ‘political football’ in this province. Safe, affordable energy is an ethical humanitarian imperative. The fraudulent ideology of ‘saving the planet’ for the sake of our grandchildren while ruining the lives of people here and now, in our midst, is sheer madness.
    We cannot wait for the next election in Ontario. ‘Neglect of duty’ is a crime, isn’t it?
    Correct me if I’m wrong.

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