Ottawa residents say public power is best for consumers and environment

    OTTAWA, Sept. 27 /CNW Telbec/ - In a telephone poll conducted by the
Ontario Electricity Coalition, most Ottawa 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 403 Ottawa households polled by the OEC, 78% 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, 82% said a publicly owned
    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
    Voters should be asking their local candidates where they and their
parties stand on keeping electricity public and regulated in Ontario, Kahnert
    "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. Yet Energy Minister Dwight Duncan is unwilling to join me in a
debate on this issue," said Kahnert, who issued the challenge to Duncan in
Windsor last week. "I offer the same challenge to Dalton McGuinty so his
constituents here in Ottawa can finally hear the facts about what he has
planned for Ontario's electricity future."

                                  REPORT TO
                             IN OTTAWA, ONTARIO
                            September 22-23, 2007


    Residential phone numbers randomly selected from every Ottawa, Ontario
postal code were called via an automated voice broadcast system on Saturday,
September 22 and Sunday, Sept 23, 2007.
    Call recipients heard the following introduction:
    "Hello. This is a call from the Ontario Electricity Coalition. We are
conducting a two-question survey on the future of Ontario's electricity
system. To participate, please stay on the line."
    Participants were asked to indicate their responses by pressing the
appropriate button on their phone keypad. If no response was registered within
five seconds after a question was asked, the question was automatically


    403 call recipients answered both questions. The results are detailed

                                             Publicly-owned        Private
                                                    utility    corporation
    "Which do you think would give you a
    lower price on electricity -                  78% / 314       22% / 89
    a publicly-owned, non-profit utility or
    a for-profit, private power corporation?"
    Which do you think would do the best job
    on energy conservation and protecting
    the environment - a publicly-owned,           82% / 332       18% / 71
    non-profit utility or a for-profit,
    private power corporation?

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

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