It’s been repeated for generations that the only certainties in life are death and taxes.
Those of us in Ontario can add rising hydro rates to that list, since the the continued onslaught of increases shows no sign of slowing down after more than a decade of mismanagement by the Liberal government.
Since first elected to power in 2003, there have been many blunders under the Liberals’ watch, but none have been as spectacular in their folly as the way Dalton McGuinty and Kathleen Wynne have handled electricity.
Billions seem to grow on trees when it comes to powering Ontario for our provincial government. Be it reckless spending to cancel gas plants and ensure another election victory is bought and paid for on the backs of taxpayers in 2011, to the woefully mishandled introduction of so-called ‘smart meters’ to a push towards solar and wind power no one needed or asked for, we have seen generations of Ontarians plunged into debt in just a few short years due to these mistakes.
All the while electricity rates have been skyrocketing, sending businesses either fleeing Ontario or cutting their workforces simply to be able to keep the lights on in the wake of relentless hikes to hydro rates. The main perpetrators of the decline of the manufacturing sector in this province and the loss of hundreds of thousands of jobs - far more than Tim Hudak could cut in his wildest dreams - are these spend-happy Liberals, with far too many businesses unable to keep pace with the cost of electricity.
The Conservatives, NDPs and Liberals before them helped put Ontario on this path with decades of mismanagement, but the Liberals have sent Ontario speeding over a cliff.
Eventually, Ontario will have to wake up and change its government, it’s too bad that by the time their day of reckoning comes, we’ll likely be voting by candlelight.
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