Electricity coalition to release Ottawa poll on clean, public power prior to public meeting on Ontario's energy future

    OTTAWA, Sept. 26 /CNW Telbec/ - The Ontario Electricity Coalition will
release results tomorrow of a telephone poll of Ottawa residents who were
asked which they think will give them a better electricity rates and do a
better job of protecting the environment - a public power utility or a private
    OEC spokesperson Paul Kahnert will release the results at a news
conference at 11:00 a.m., Thurs., Sept. 27 at the Ottawa Hydro substation at
the corner of Riverdale and Main.
    Kahnert will be joined by lawyer Steven Schrybman, who led a successful
court challenge and stopped the sale of Hydro One by the Harris government.
    Tomorrow evening, Kahnert will kick off a debate on Ontario's electricity
future at a public meeting at 7 p.m. at Richmond Road United Church,
347 Richmond St.
    "Under the Liberal government, the Ontario Power Authority has released
an electricity plan that energy minister Dwight Duncan described as probably
the largest peacetime expenditure in this country's history," said Kahnert.
"Yet, there has been no public consultation, no debate on a plan that is going
to expand electricity privatization and subject Ontario to yet another
expensive experiment with deregulation."
    "We were able to challenge the Conservative plan for hydro privatization
and deregulation in the courts because they were upfront about what they were
going to do," said Schrybman. "With the Liberal government, our challenge is
to get them to come clean with the public and admit that their plan means most
electricity generation in Ontario will eventually be private - and that means
deregulation in order to encourage so-called competition."
    Both deregulation and privatization are bad news for consumers and the
environment, said Kahnert.
    "Show us one deregulated electricity market that has worked," he said.
"Why do they keep trying to make deregulation work here? It hasn't worked
anywhere. The debate on deregulation is over in the U.S. with 25 states
closing electricity markets and re-regulating rates."
    The Ontario Electricity Coalition is touring the province to raise clean,
public power as an issue in the October 10 election.

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

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