NDP plan would cut hydro bills by 30 per cent, says Andrea Horwath | Toronto Star

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Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath announced her party's plan to cut hydro bills and keep Hydro One. Howarth also hopes that the NDP plan will force the Liberals to reveal more on their plans to cut hydro bills. (Broadcast and Recording Service Legislative Assembly of Ontario/Toronto Star)

By Kristin RushowyQueen's Park Bureau

Tues., March 28, 2017

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath is making a pitch for her party’s hydro plan, saying it’s the only solution that addresses Ontarians concerns while also cutting their bills by up to one-third.

Her motion — to be debated at Queen’s Park on Tuesday — urges the government to return Hydro One back to public ownership, ends pricing based on usage at different times of the day for those who want to opt out, and also slashes delivery costs that have hit rural users the hardest.

“Too many families are near the breaking point,” Horwath said at a news conference. “Many are cutting things out of their monthly budget to cope with sky-high hydro bills — some are even being forced into what has become known as the ‘heat-or-eat’ decision.

“We’ve heard from individuals who haven’t got enough left over for food after paying the hydro bill. We’ve heard from seniors whose pension cheques are being eaten up by hydro bills. Enough is enough — so let’s do something about it.”

The Liberals have come under fire for their decision to sell off shares of Hydro One, as well as for increasing rates, recently announcing it will cut them by 25 per cent.

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath is calling on the government to return Hydro One to public ownership, end time-of-use pricing and rural delivey costs.
NDP Leader Andrea Horwath is calling on the government to return Hydro One to public ownership, end time-of-use pricing and rural delivey costs.  (Andrew Francis Wallace / Toronto Star) | Order this photo  
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