Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne knows if she’s to have any chance of winning next year’s provincial election, she has to do something about Ontario’s outrageously high electricity rates.
The issue has become a flashpoint for Ontarians, fed up with rapidly increasing electricity costs that, as of 2016, were the highest in Canada, according to a Hydro Quebec survey of major Canadian cities.
Public fury is aggravated by the fact that no matter how much people try to conserve electricity, their hydro bills keep relentlessly rising.
The Liberals have created a perfect storm on electricity pricing, resulting in a Catch-22.
The more people conserve energy, the more Wynne’s government — the most indebted sub-sovereign borrower in the world — has to raise electricity rates to make up for the monies lost due to conservation.
That explains Wynne’s conversion on the road to Damascus last week as her government made it illegal for electrical utilities to shut off people’s hydro for non-payment in winter.
This even though her government was content to do nothing all last year when it knew 60,000 Ontarians were behind in their electricity bills at of the end of 2015.
All that’s changed now is that the government is one year closer to next year’s election, so suddenly it’s all concerned about people who have been driven into energy poverty by high and rapidly rising electricity rates.