I am a senior, residing in the rural area of Oak Ridges Moraine, which is where my wife and I built our home, and raised our two boys, after moving here from Oshawa more than 35 years ago.
As you might, or might not be aware, I have written you on a number of occasions with our deep concerns over the proposed placement of industrial wind turbines, in what was once considered a conservation area by the present Liberal government.
We are now fighting turbines, as well as the new (yet again) proposed hydro increases, which the present government is claiming is necessary to cover costs of replacing old equipment, stations and poles and the list is endless.
While that is to be expected, nowhere in this new flyer, that I have just received does it mention the true reasons for these incredible and ever increasing costs, and of course that is due to billions of tax payers dollars being paid out to the wind corporations, approx imately 22 cents per kilowatt hour, for wind, and 82 cents per kilowatt hour for solar.
They state that they have applied to the energy board for a rate increase on the delivery of hydro to cover all these costs, but that has to be the most tongue in cheek application I have ever heard of. The OEB is now stacked the way Mr. McGuinty wants it, so of course he will get his increase.
My question to you Mr. Hudak is, when is this Progressive Conservative Party going to make this a public issue, and prevent seniors from being forced from their homes, because they simply cannot afford the exorbitant costs of electricity? They cannot afford to wait until it happens, with all due respect, this needs to be looked at immediately.
This will become a problem of epidemic proportions in another three to five years; if not sooner, should Mr. McGuinty be allowed to keep using Ontario hydro as yet one more huge cash cow, to advance his Green Energy Act, and along with new HST taxes that are almost here, seniors are heading for financial disaster.
I fear we are becoming almost like a satellite country of the old USSR, in our approach to passing laws like the Green Energy Act, which seems to allow this government to do as it sees fit under the guise of this new so called green law, without repercussion of any sort.
Thousands of rural people will be seriously affected if all these massive increases are allowed to take place, and could be forced to move, but then again, it’s difficult to move when your house has been grossly devalued due to turbine placement.
I think perhaps this is what Mr. McGuinty would really like, don’t you?
GRAHAM HAWKRIDGE Pontypool