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Sep 07, 2016  |  Vote 0    0

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne attributes byelection loss to rising Hydro rates

Toronto Councillor Raymond Cho won Sept. 1 byelection for the Progressive Conservatives

City Centre Mirror

The Ontario Liberals' loss in Scarborough-Rouge River last week was largely a symptom of rising electricity rates, said Premier Kathleen Wynne at a media availability Wednesday, Sept. 7.

Toronto Councillor Raymond Cho won the Sept. 1 byelection for the Progressive Conservatives—taking the riding most recently held by former Liberal MPP Bas Balkisoon from the Liberals for the first time since the 1990s.

Wynne expressed her disappointment with the loss on election night—and at Queen's Park following a meeting with Toronto Mayor John Tory, reiterated her views that frustration with rising electricity rates helped power Cho's surge in the polls.

“We heard concerns at the door in Scarborough-Rouge River and frankly those concerns we have to take to heart and we have to use them to inform our actions going forward,” said Wynne. “And one of the things we heard most consistently was Hydro rates.”

Wynne said that she had heard the same thing from northern Ontario residents during a summer trip through James Bay.

“I heard the same thing about electricity rates in the north,” she said. “It's not something isolated. I recognize that the investments that we made in the electricity sector by building out the infrastructure, bringing the system up to standards, have caused this.”

Wynne said that in the fall legislative session, her Liberal government would be dealing with rising electricity costs, which in some cases are forcing Ontarians to choose between mortgage payments and electricity use.


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By D | SEPTEMBER 08, 2016 08:52 PM
The Ontario Liberals' loss in Scarborough-Rouge River last week was largely a symptom of rising electricity rates, said Premier Kathleen Wynne at a media availability Wednesday, Sept. 7. ---- Anything to deflect the real reason for the loss. Could it be that the drubbing the Liberals took was caused by their mismanagement of provincial finances and questionable ethics. What a tool.
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