A frustrated taxpayer wants the bill clarified
By Peter R. Scott, Picton
I respectfully write to you today both as a frustrated energy consumer and taxpaying Ontarian. Please allow me to share with you the reason for my frustration. The Ontario Energy Debt Retirement charge that appears on my monthly Hydro One invoice.
First, I was under the impression the Liberal party of Ontario was a party of the people – hard working Ontarians. I must say, I am certainly not left with that feeling when I review my monthly energy invoice – more specifically the DRC portion of it. Second, when I try to decipher the invoice, I am unable to determine the total DRC debt Ontarians owe and the date the debt will be satisfied.
This is unacceptable.
I think you would agree with me that not one single Ontarian should ever be responsible for paying down a debt without knowing the total and knowing when that very debt will expire. As a matter of fact, I believe there is current legislation in Ontario that would prevent private business from doing this very thing. Mr. Duguid, unfortunately this is exactly what’s happening in Ontario right now. I ask you, would credit card companies operating in Ontario be permitted to conduct business in the manner described?
I contacted the Ministry of Revenue Aug. 13 regarding my concerns over the DRC. I was informed that the most recent calculation available to the public is from Match 2009. The total debts and liabilities at that time eqaled $30.5 billion. Mr. Duguid, even I’m smart enough to figure out why your government does not want the total DRC amount to be included in monthly energy bills – it makes for bad government public relations. non-governing parties in Ontario should be demanding this of your party. All this leaves me feeling like hard working Ontarians are being hoodwinked on this issue. This is simply not fair. It would seem that your government is covering the real cost of energy production – past and present – in Ontario through the DRC.
Having said that Mr. Duguid, can you promise me and other hard working Ontarians that you will make every effort to address my concerns herein and work with your government colleagues in the legislature to ensure that energy users in Ontario who are expected to ante up see the following information on their monthly energy invoices: the balance of the DRC debt – month over month and a clear end date?
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to remind you that a provincial election is on the horizon and I fully expect that all members of the Ontario Legislature, including incumbent Liberals, will be heavily questioned on all issues to do with energy supply, cost and security. I, for one, can promise you that I will be present on the campaign trail asking for clarification on the issues mentioned above. I also plan to mention the DRC at every opportunity.
In closing, please remember that Ontarians look to our government for various types of protection; health, legal and consumer – to name a few. Unfortunately, at this time, I feel Ontario consumers and hard working families are not being protected and properly informed on this issue.
I kindly await your reply,
Editor’s note: And not one bonus within Hydro One should be paid – from the CEO down – until this debt is cleared. If they can run a company into this kind of debt, there should be no bonuses until they get us out and keep us out.