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

    THUNDER BAY, ON, Sept. 28 /CNW Telbec/ - The Ontario Electricity
Coalition will release results of a telephone poll of Thunder Bay 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 corporation.
    OEC spokesperson Paul Kahnert will release the results at a news
conference at 11:00 a.m., Mon., Oct.1 at Abitibi Consolidated Inc., Fort
William Division (Mission Mill), 1735 City Road.
    Kahnert will be joined by Cec Makowski, Ontario region vice-president of
the Communications, Energy and Papeworkers Union of Canada (CEP).
    Later, on Tues. Oct. 2, Kahnert will kick off a debate on Ontario's
electricity future at a public meeting at 7 p.m. at the Prince Arthur Hotel,
17 North Cumberland 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.
    "Workers' jobs rely on a dependable electrical energy supply," said
Makowski. "But we have been losing thousands of good jobs, forestry jobs, as
mills shut down because of the high energy costs that come with deregulation
and privatization."
    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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