Windsor residents say public power is best for consumers and environment



    WINDSOR, ON, Sept. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - In a telephone poll conducted by the
Ontario Electricity Coalition, more than 80% of Windsor residents said they
think publicly owned, non-profit utilities are better for consumers and the
environment than private corporations.
    "Ownership and control of our electricity supply matters," said OEC
spokesperson Paul Kahnert. "We need a debate on Ontario's energy future
because the plan that has been developed under the Liberal government will
mean more privatization and another expensive experiment with deregulation."
    Of 409 Windsor households polled by the OEC, 80% said they would get a
lower price on electricity from a non-profit, publicly owned utility than from
a private, for-profit corporation. Asked which would do the best job on energy
conservation and protecting the environment, 84% said a publicly owned
utility.
    Yet, the Liberal electricity plan released last month talks about the
evolution of the electricity sector toward a "workably competitive market."
    "Just like the Conservatives before them, the Liberals are promising
lower prices through competition," Kahnert said. "But a competitive market
only functions with deregulation and privatization. As our neighbours in the
United States are discovering, the costs for consumers - both at home, in
industry and in institutions like schools, hospitals and libraries - only go
up."
    Voters should be asking their local candidates where they and their
parties stand on keeping electricity public and regulated in Ontario, Kahnert
said.
    "The Liberals have called their plan the largest peacetime expenditure in
Canada, more than any new money they have promised for health care or
education. And they're planning to move forward without any public
consultation or debate."




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

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