HUDAK ANNOUNCES RELIEF FOR HOUSEHOLD ENERGY BILLS

TORONTO, May 19 /CNW/ -


NEWS:

Today, Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak announced that a PC government would provide immediate relief for families and seniors facing rising energy costs by removing the HST from home hydro and heating bills, and removing the debt retirement charge from home hydro bills.
An Ontario PC government will provide Ontario families with real, permanent household relief by:

  • Removing the HST from residential hydro bills. The HST has made life unaffordable for many families. Combine that with expensive energy experiments and hydro bills are soaring.

  • Removing the HST from residential home heating bills (natural gas and other fuels). We live in Canada where heating our homes isn't a luxury. Increasing the cost with a tax increase is unfair.

  • Removing the Debt Retirement Charge from residential hydro bills.  We will remove the so-called "Debt Retirement Charge" from your hydro bills.  The full amount had been collected as of 2010 - yet the McGuinty government extended it to 2018.

Taken together, these three steps will give a typical Ontario household $275 in immediate relief from rising energy bills.
QUOTES:

"After talking to families, party members and our unprecedented 'Have Your Say Ontario' survey, it's clear that people in Ontario want relief from Dalton McGuinty's HST and skyrocketing hydro bills."
--Tim Hudak, Ontario PC Party Leader

"For eight years, billions of our energy dollars have been thrown away through Dalton McGuinty's mismanagement and expensive experiments, and the result is skyrocketing rates that are making it harder and harder for families to pay their hydro bills.  I will fight this unfair burden and make energy more affordable for Ontario families."
--Tim Hudak, Ontario PC Leader

"I know that family budgets are stretched and it's a struggle to balance work, family and the chequebook.  Dalton McGuinty is out of touch, and he's forgotten what it's like for families to cope.  By eliminating the HST and Debt Retirement Charge from hydro and home heating bills, an Ontario PC government will put Ontario families first."
--Tim Hudak, Ontario PC Leader

QUICK FACTS:

  • Under Dalton McGuinty, hydro rates have increased eight times since 2003 by a total of 84 percent, or a whopping 150 percent for families with activated smart meters.
  • Despite promising Ontario families that his expensive energy experiments and Green Energy Act would only raise rates by 1 percent, Dalton McGuinty now admits in last year's Fall Economic Update that bills will rise by an additional 46 percent by 2015.
  • Even the Ontario Energy Board acknowledged Dalton McGuinty's energy experiments were behind the latest May 1 hydro increase when they said new forms of power generation (as a result of the Green Energy Act) are costing more to produce.

 

Remarks by Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak
Home Energy Taxes
May 19, 2011

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Good morning and thank you for coming.

First I want to thank James and Margaret Black for welcoming us to their home this morning.

I heard from them today what I've heard from families and seniors across Ontario. Families are paying more and working harder, only to fall further behind. Taxes, fees and hydro bills are skyrocketing, and families are worse off, not better.

Today, I'm announcing the first step in the Ontario PC plan to give families and seniors the relief they deserve.

The most unfair part of the HST tax hike is how it hits at all of life's essentials - the things you can't do without, like the cost of hydro, natural gas and home heating oil.

And that's on top of already sky rocketing hydro bills thanks to Dalton McGuinty's unaffordable energy experiments. Dalton McGuinty has raised hydro rates 84 percent since coming into office, and a whopping 150 percent for families with so-called smart meters.

While Ontario families struggle to raise their kids and balance their chequebooks, they need to know their premier understands what they're going through.

I believe that the people of Ontario who work hard and play by the rules deserve to be dealt a fair hand from government.

I believe that the people who pay the bills should come first.

After talking to hundreds of families like the Blacks today, and after our unprecedented "Have Your Say Ontario" survey, I understand that people need relief from the hydro and home heating costs that have risen so much under Dalton McGuinty.

And so today I am announcing that an Ontario PC government would provide immediate relief for families, by removing the HST from home hydro and heating bills, and removing the debt retirement charge on home hydro bills.

First, we will eliminate the HST on hydro bills. The HST has made life unaffordable for many families, particularly when hydro rates were already soaring. We will remove the provincial portion of the HST from these bills.

Second, we will remove the HST from the cost of home heating. We live in Canada where heating our homes isn't a luxury. Increasing the cost with a tax increase is unfair.

We will remove the provincial portion of the HST from every home heating bill, like natural gas, home heating oil and propane.

And third, we will remove the so-called "Debt Retirement Charge" from hydro bills. The full amount of the debt this charge was supposed to retire was collected by 2010 - yet the McGuinty government extended it to 2018. We will remove it from residential hydro bills.

Together, these three steps will provide a typical Ontario family with $275 in immediate relief from on your energy bills.

This is the first step in our Ontario PC plan to fight the unfair Liberal tax burden and give much-needed relief to Ontario families and seniors.

This October, the people of Ontario have a clear choice. We can choose another Dalton McGuinty Liberal government that will keep hiking taxes and raising hydro rates, or we can choose a Tim Hudak PC government that gives families and seniors the relief and respect they deserve.

Thank you.

SOURCE Tim Hudak, Leader, PC Party of Ontario

For further information:

Alan Sakach | 416-848-8154 | alan.sakach@ontariopc.net

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Tim Hudak, Leader, PC Party of Ontario

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