CHEAP SEATS: Liberals running out of energy options
Sometime before the spring budget, the provincial Liberal government will announce its plans for reducing the cost of electricity.
The question is whether there will be anything left to announce that hasn’t already been presented.
On Monday, the NDP announced its plan to reduce hydro bills by up to 30 per cent and to return Hydro One to public ownership, one of the few areas on which the NDP and PCs see eye toeye.
The NDP plans include ending mandatory time-of-use pricing, reducing the delivery charge for rural customers and renegotiating power contracts, as well as capping profit margins for private power companies and looking at renegotiating long-term power contracts at above-market rates.
Like the Tories’ multi-point plan, the NDP’s sounds good. At least it sounds better than anything the Liberals have released, which is virtually nothing at this point.
What the Liberals will almost certainly try to do eventually is run down the middle of the two proposals and sell the mish-mash as their own unique solution.
It’s worked before.
Then again, Ontario voters seem to be finally catching on to the Liberals smoke and mirrors, promise one thing do another strategy of winning elections then mismanaging the province.
It’s like the old say goes: fool me once, shame on you; fool me four times… well hopefully it won’t be five.
I’m Bill Glisky and that’s the way I see things From the Cheap Seats
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