Time to worry Ontario electricity users

It was nice to hear from Ontario Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault on Tuesday that Ontario will only buy hydro power from Hydro Quebec if it’s a good deal for the taxpayers of Ontario.

Sadly, his resolve comes almost a decade too late to do Ontarians much good, because that’s never been the policy of the McGuinty-Wynne Liberal government up to now.

This given that they’ve already wasted $9.2 billion of our money paying inflated prices for unreliable and unnecessary wind and solar power for 20 years — according to Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk.

Toronto is insane so they and the public service unions will keep Wynne in power.

  • andycanuck

    When once, under Bill Davis, Ontario had the lowest electricity prices in all of North America.

    • Waffle

      Bill Davis was no saint — and don’t forget who was his backroom “boy”. Billy G. smiled a lot but he wielded a sledge hammer, the destructive effects of which we are painfully feeing today.

      Let me refresh your memory — it’s only a partial list –the destruction was far-ranging.

      For whatever reason, Davis refused to deal with Hydro’s “stranded debt”. That oversight provided the chink into which the current crew of kleptographiic weasels inserted themselves and started to feast. They do so with no end in sight.

      If you have kids or grandkids, you can thank smilin’ Bill for destroying what was once the finest education system in North America when he did away with provincial testing for both students and teachers.

      It makes me want to puke when I think of what has happened to our healthcare system. But in a way, it was almost predictable when Davis conned the hospitals into closing their nursing schools so he could ‘bums in seats’ in his newly-opened community colleges. Not only did this reduce the standard of care, it forever altered the economic paradigm.

      It is probably a fitting tribute to Davis’ far-too-long reign (why the hell don’t we have term limits?) that the Spadina Expressway sits partially finished at Eglinton while vehicular traffic paralyzes our city streets and ever-emboldened raccoons (you can’t kill the little fuckers) use its grassy slopes as breeding grounds for its expanding families.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        The way provincial governments use their crown corporations as piggy banks and to hide debt from the general balance sheet is one of my pet peeves.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        In response to your comments on education I want to explain a particular insanity that was in place when I was in high school in Winnipeg many years ago.
        The policy was that if you earned over seventy percent on your tests and assignments you were exempted from taking the exam at year end.
        Incentive to do great work, right?
        But, then I ended up in university having never written an exam and promptly flunked out in December.
        Eventually went back to school on the north side of thirty years old after having married the right woman and no option for failure.
        I learned how to write exams.

        • Waffle

          I think that was pretty standard across Canada, but wow!! 70% was a low threshold for exemption. I think our exemption in Ontario was much higher but I can’t remember, it was so long ago –you know, back in the Dark Ages. Although I made the exemption, I almost blew it because I got caught smoking in the washroom.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            I’ve always not liked that song.
            And I smoke, for now.
            My high school math teacher used to say that if you got over the exemption you should have to write the exam.
            If you got less than what was the point?
            He meant you should have to earn the right to write the exam.
            I still love that guy.
            Haven’t seen him in over thirty years.
            One of the things I most admired was his explaining that you should use as much paper as you need when you are doing math problems.
            We live in Canada, he’d say, and we make the most paper in the whole world.
            Use it, it’s cheap.

  • Waffle

    Why on earth is Lorrie Goldstein so damn polite in what passes as criticism? He should be spitting mad as should anyone who was halfway paying attention to this current travesty.

    The way I understand it — please feel free to correct me if I’m wrong — Ontario has committed (or is on the verge of committing) to a 20-year deal with Quebec to buy 8 terrabites of hydro power on a take-or-pay basis about rates 50% above market rates with a built-in 2% annual escalator.

    So, to restate in another way — even if we don’t take the power we will have to pay for it anyway. The rate will go up 2% every year, regardless of market conditions.

    You see, we are going to be shutting down nuclear-generating Pickering for some heavy-duty maintenance and nuclear provides a good chunk of our ever-decreasing energy needs. I mean, who cares if you can turn on the lights if our factories (and jobs) are moving to the Land of the Free where they’re getting power for free as Ontario gives away its surplus?

    I can almost hear you gnashing your teeth in impotent rage, but let me give you the punch line.

    But before I do, let me quote from a famous speech:

    “First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Socialist.
    Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Trade Unionist.”

    Well, nobody’s crying too many tears for the unionized casino workers who are about to join the bread line. The Wynne government is handing a lucrative long-term contract to new operators who will beef up Toronto’s Woodbine with new games, new machines and new stores with shiny bling. Hard-hit will be the gambling dens at Orillia and Niagara Falls.

    Can’t help but wonder who the lucky beneficiaries will be — haven’t had time yet to do some research.