Media Advisory - Electricity Coalition to launch province-wide campaign against power privatization in Peterborough. Critique of latest Liberal policy



    PETERBOROUGH, ON, Sept. 5 /CNW/ - A press conference will be held
tomorrow morning Sept. 6 at 11am at the P.U.S. hydro substation at the corner
of Parkhill Rd. and Wallis Dr. in Peterborough. Later that day, a Public
meeting will be held at 7pm at the Peterborough Public Library, 345 Aylmer St.
    Four years ago today in an exclusive to the Toronto Sun, Dalton McGuinty
said "the plan to deregulate electricity and open up the hydro market to
competition simply hasn't worked and we can't go back there, I have drawn a
lesson from that." "What do we have to do moving forward now? Well, number
one, we have got to keep hydro public."
    Since his promise for Public Power in the last election the Liberals
failed to close the wholesale market, made all new generation private, barred
Ontario Power Generation from green power and entered into secret deals with
private energy companies and continued the Harris private power agenda.
    Last Thursday, August 30, the Liberals released the Integrated Power
Supply Plan. Hidden away in that document are plans to expand and re-open the
electricity market and allow privatization. The OEC will provide
documentation.
    With climate change and the environment now being the number one issue
Kahnert asked "Can market forces save the planet? Obviously not. Electricity
markets have failed miserably and been discredited everywhere, doubling,
tripling and even raising electricity rates 10 times."
    "Manitoba has public power, Quebec has public power. Why is Ontario
continuing down the road of electricity deregulation? Most voters do not
realize that the Liberals are locked into the Harris/Eves private power plan."
    "We want our electricity supply to be reliable, we want it to be
affordable and more than ever we want it to be environmentally responsible.
Our economy and our jobs depend on it."

    For more information see www.electricitycoalition.org.




For further information:

For further information: Paul Kahnert, (416) 407-0077

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