TORONTO, Sept. 10 /CNW/ - The Ontario Electricity Coalition is taking its
message to Orillia against the Liberal electricity deregulation plan on
Wednesday, Sept. 12, at a press conference at 11 am at the hydro substation at
the S/W/C of West St. and Market St. and at 7 pm at a public meeting at the
Best Western Mariposa Inn, 400 Memorial Ave. (at Hwy 12) Orillia.
While debate rages in the U.S over electricity deregulation there is no
public debate here during the election. There are no States planning to open
electricity markets and 25 States are contemplating re-regulating rates and
closing electricity markets because of gigantic rate increases and market
Hidden away in the "Liberal Integrated Power Supply Plan" are plans to
continue with deregulation and expand the electricity market here in Ontario.
The Harris Conservatives promised that, "A competitive electricity market will
lead to lower rates". The Liberal IPSP makes exactly the same promise.
On November 19, 2002, after Ernie Eves closed the failed electricity
market after a record six months in Ontario, Dalton McGuinty declared that,
"The market is dead, deregulation is dead, privatization is dead", and on
Sept. 5, 2003, McGuinty promised "Public Power" and promised not to go back to
The Integrated Power Supply Plan says otherwise. Paul Kahnert says that
"We have the smoking gun, ironclad proof that the Liberals plan a privatized
electricity market here in Ontario. Dalton McGuinty promised to close the
market and restore public power. He didn't. It's important to note that the
major player that sat on the market design committee here in Ontario was
Enron. Why do we still have an electricity market that was designed by Enron
and their friends open in Ontario?"
Continuing down this road will lead to loss of democratic power and
control over our electricity systems, our environment, our jobs and economy.
The Ontario Electricity Coalition is for publicly owned and controlled
electricity systems that are reliable, affordable and now more than ever
For further information:
For further information: Paul Kahnert, (416) 407-0077,