Panic in Kathleen Wynne’s government over rising electricity bills

In July, Ontario Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault was pressed by Shirlee Engel of Global TV on the rising cost of electricity bills. “While I’m still not using the word crisis,” said Thibeault, “I know it’s important. For one family if it’s a hundred bucks out of their own pocket that’s a crisis for them and I get that.”

In September Premier Wynne mentioned the word “hydro” at an international plowing match, and was instantly booed.

Now it appears we have a government in a panic mode trying to deal with a crisis of its own making.

  • Ed

    It wasn’t supposed to be this way. Those riding the wagon who vote for Liberals, want all the costs of life to be shouldered by those pulling the wagon. Hydro rates hit everyone. The wagon riders are glaring…

    • She will still win the next election, Ontario is a kleptocracy.

      • Alain

        There is that but no having any real opposition party does wonders.

    • The solution is simple: get rid of the Smart Meters. It was inspired by a dumb “behavioural modification” program to teach all of us ignorant peons how to save electricity. Personally, I have never met a single human being on the face of the earth who doesn’t like to save electricity and keep his/her hydro bills low.

      My father yelling at me ever since I was a child, “turn out the lights!” is still ringing in my ears.

      • Alain

        Speaking of “smart meters” they were forced on all of us here in BC some years back. Now there are many areas where there is no signal, so they cannot read them as planned. A neighbour was laughing about the number of times BC Hydro sent out guys to adjust their meter to no avail due to the lack of signal.

  • ontario john

    People who complain are obviously homophobic. You don’t hear people in downtown Toronto complaining.

  • xavier

    Money just magically appears like rain or snow. But gosh darn that’s not just the case. Money is limited! And families can’t pay escalating taxes for our economic fantasies

    • Tragically the public service unions will keep her in power or anoint another party to carry their water. So long as they are allowed to rob us blind.

      • k2

        I agree but then the question is, how long will there be anything for them to actually rob? Borrow, borrow, borrow – eventually, something has to give and the province will simply go bankrupt.

  • Clink9

    She may be corrupt and evil, but at least she didn’t say bad words.

    So she’ll be re elected in a landslide.

  • moraywatson

    To reduce hydro bills the costs of operating Hydro One need to be reduced.

    1. Slash management positions. One person can easily manage 10 people, rather than the current ratio of 1:3. (Same holds true for the rest of Ontario’s bloated public sector.)

    2. Get rid of the propaganda department. Hydro One has a monopoly. “Advertising” belongs to the realm of competitive markets.

    3. Stop pretending that “conservation” is going to reduce my bill. When consumption goes down, the rates are increased to ensure that all of Hydro One’s bloated operating and fixed costs are still paid for.

    4. Scrap all the subsidized rates for wind turbine and solar panel operators. And stop paying wind turbine operators for unneeded generation that needs to be curtailed to keep the grid stable. NOW !

    5. Get more than 3 years of useful life out of Hydro One equipment. There are shiny new expensive white Toyota pickups everywhere. Stop it.

    • ontario john

      And stop whiny indians from tearing down hydro towers at Caledonia.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Why not simply ration it inversely to cost so the more it costs the less is delivered. If that mean everyone gets no more than 6 hrs of electricity a day then who can complain? That’s pretty damn green.

    • andycanuck

      The Venezuelan Solution! I like it.

      • k2

        If literally everyone – including Wynne herself, all the progressives and greenies, etc. – was forced to enjoy such a setup, I might be personally for it. Just to get to watch their hypocritical outrage at being inconvenienced (yeah guys, how do you like living in the third world?) might be worth my own inconvenience. And then again, maybe not.

        • andycanuck

          For that lesson I’d have every government building powered only by wind or solar including special hospitals that would be reserved for government civil service members’ and families’ use only. They could prove to us that Green energy [sic] is fine for all of us by living with it themselves to prove its efficacy.

          • moraywatson

            Uh uh, Not unless they are also required to live 500 metres from a wind turbine.

      • Billy Bob Thornton

        Ideologically Ontario is not even close to what Venezuela is. Canada followed the US into every trade deal imaginable.

        Venezuela is a one industry nation and bombarded by US sanctions.

        They are also much further down the line to socialism but not quite socialist yet.

        Ontario is capitalist and free trade capitalist with some cronyist tendencies.

    • DMB
  • At no point will Kathleen Wynne will let go of any income she derives from taxes. She’ll simply move the costs elsewhere making one tax seem lesser than the other.

    Smoke and mirrors.

  • canminuteman

    I swear these people do not understand arithmatic. If they did, this wouldn’t be a surprise to them.