Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and her cabinet have embarked on a scheme to privatize Hydro One, the electrical utility that serves most of the province.
Although we're served in Ottawa by Ottawa Hydro, the privatization of Hydro One will hurt us as much as it will hurt people in the rest of the province. This privatization scheme will:
- Drive our rates even higher (since Ottawa Hydro buys most of its power from Hydro One, any Hydro One rate hikes will be passed to us).
- Reduce the amount that Ontario can invest in its schools, roads, and hospitals by hundreds of millions of dollars. Every year. Forever.
- Increase Ontario's greenhouse gas emissions.
Wynne and her cabinet have already sold 15% of Hydro One to wealthy Bay Street and Wall Street investors. They plan to sell another 45%.
The good news is that it's not too late to stop and even reverse this privatization.
But we need your help.
On the morning of Saturday, Apr. 2, OWN NDP members will be canvassing neighbourhoods in our riding in order to raise awareness about the issue and put pressure on provincial energy minister Bob Chiarelli.
Please join us. We'll be meeting in the south parking lot of the Lincoln Fields Mall at 9:45 am, splitting into teams of twos and fours, and then heading out for a couple hours of canvassing. Materials, and a short script will be provided to all.
If you'd like to attend, or have any questions, please contact OWN-NDP member Andy Pedersen at firstname.lastname@example.org