Durham PC Candidate, Lindsey Park misled readers in a recent issue of The Standard. According her, our government is “negotiating a secret deal with Hydro Quebec” that will put jobs in the Durham Region at risk.
This story has already been thoroughly debunked, and the PCs know it.
Here are the facts. On August 8th, La Presse, a Montreal newspaper, reported that Ontario was close to a new deal with Hydro Quebec, to import a large amount of electricity. It was true that Quebec had sent Ontario a proposed deal earlier this summer; but La Presse missed a key point, our government had already emphatically rejected the proposal in a letter to Quebec weeks earlier.
In the letter, the Minister of Energy clearly stated our government’s goals: improving the efficiency of our electricity system, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and, above all, reducing costs for Ontario ratepayers. This is why every household that pays for electricity in Durham saw an average of 25% reduction in their bills, starting with their July bills. A move that Patrick Brown and the PC caucus voted against.
The rejection of this deal has been public for weeks, and Ms. Park should know full well about it. So, she either purposely misled Durham residents, or she is as uninformed about our energy sector as her leader Patrick Brown. Either way, she also used the phantom agreement to fearmonger over the future of the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station. According to her, our government’s commitment to the plant is somehow in question, because of the (rejected) Quebec offer.
In reality, our government has been unreservedly committed to nuclear power, which is one of the cleanest, safest, and most reliable sources of energy our province has. That’s why we have committed to the refurbishment of the stations at Darlington and Bruce, which is expected to generate an additional 25,000 jobs for our region. That’s also why we’ve committed to continued operations at Pickering to 2024. Contrary to the PC Candidate’s accusations, this commitment is unwavering. In fact, the license submission for the Pickering plant has already been submitted to the federal regulator for approval.
With the provincial election looming, less than a year away, it’s perhaps no surprise that the Durham PC Candidate would see fit to fearmonger and make false accusations. After all, this has been the consistent style of her party and her leader. The Conservatives have never bothered to put forward any plan of their own on the energy file, preferring the tactic of criticizing and refusing to support policies that will make life easier for Durham residents. Policies like free tuition, pharmacare for those 24 years old and under, bringing good paying jobs to our region, paying a living wage of $15 an hour, transit improvements and much needed action on climate change. If she is actually committed to serving the best interests of Durham residents, it’s time that she becomes better informed about the facts.
Granville Anderson MPP
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