Area residents jolted by rising hydro costs have turned the energy file into what could be the key local issue in a possible 2014 Ontario election campaign, Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark says. “Certainly in our constituency office, it’s the number one issue,” Clark said Sunday following his annual Christmas reception for constituents at the Royal Brock.
Residents turned off by the surge in hydro rates expected to accompany the Liberal government’s recently unveiled energy plan have been flooding the constituency office with angry feedback, Clark said. “A day doesn’t go by that somebody doesn’t come into my constituency office furious at the government, with their policy,” said Clark.
Even with conservation efforts, residents are still seeing their bills “skyrocket,” he said. Reiterating his Progressive Conservative party’s stance that the Liberals’ plan is designed merely to get the government through a possible spring election, Clark said the Tories provided possible energy solutions in their “white paper” on energy reform. Read article