Fact Check: Hudak's Hydro Hypocrisy Hits Historic Heights

TORONTO, Sept. 1, 2011 /CNW/ - Tea Party Tim Hudak refused to answer the simple question of how much more he plans to charge electricity ratepayers as the result of his "optional" Smart Meter policy, yet he hypocritically attacked the very infrastructure needed to implement his scheme.

Unlike Hudak, Ontario Liberals have been transparent and honest about the future costs of electricity.

Tea Party Tim Hudak was wrong when he accused the government of a "secret" Smart Meter plan.   It has always been clear that the net costs of implementing Smart Meters would be recovered through the rate base.

In fact, all of the costs for the implementation of Smart Meters were included in the price projections in the Long Term Energy Plan.  Every media outlet covered those price projections.

And Tim Hudak relied on Public Accounts as his source, which shows how little credibility he has in claiming any kind of 'secret'.

The truth is Ontario Liberals are taking 10% off hydro bills - saving the average household $150 per year.

And Smart Meters will ultimately result in savings of $1.6 billion to ratepayers as they conserve energy and avoid the cost of both expensive electricity imports and building new peak generation.

By the way, earlier this month Tim Hudak refused to say rates under his risky scheme would be any lower than today. (Media Scrum, August 15, 2011)

Tea Party Tim is simply trying to divert attention from today's revelations that he has at key Tea Party organizer on his campaign team. Tea Party Tim: he's just not worth the risk.

SOURCE Ontario Liberal Party

For further information:

Alicia Johnston
alicia_johnston@ontarioliberal.ca
416-961-3800 ext. 328

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