Hydro relief fails to impress Sudbury readers

By Sudbury Star Staff Monday, September 19

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault didn’t do enough to reduce Ontarians’ hydro bills last week, an overwhelming majority of Sudbury Star readers say.

The Star asked the question: “Did the provincial Liberal government do enough by removing the provincial sales tax – which is 8 per cent – from hydro bills?”

As of early Sunday afternoon, readers voted 95 per cent no (520 votes). Only 23 readers (four per cent) voted yes, while seven readers (one per cent) were not sure.

The 13 readers called the newspaper’s hotline all voted no.

Wynne and Thibeault, who is also Sudbury MPP, announced the measures when the Liberal provincial government read the throne speech last week. On Monday of last week, Thibeault announced the 8 per cent rebate of the HST on electricity bills for farmers, families and small businesses will take effect in January.

It didn’t impress readers.

“It’s a farce because they remove the PST and they are hiking the hydro rates,” said one female caller.

“Of course they didn’t (do enough),” said another woman. “(The break) used to be 10 per cent and they took that away. And now it’s eight per cent? The eight per cent is a laugh, just like the Liberal government in our province and across Canada.”

“I’m a senior citizen, 75 years old, and I can’t afford to use the oven,” said a female caller. “I do my laundry on the weekends and my hydro bill keeps rising.”

“I think the eight per cent is good, but what the government is going to do is raise the cost of delivery or storage,” said a male caller. “I think it’s ridiculous.”

“When our electricity costs go up on the 1st of January, it will offset the eight per cent,” said another woman. “We didn’t get anything.”

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