Provincial election: Opposition parties make hydro promises

Both the Tories and NDP claim they'll save you money

He's not promising to lower your hydro rates but Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak says he can slow the increase.  The province's opposition parties focused on your hydro bills as a new week of the election campaign kicked off.

In his home turf of Niagara, Hudak says he has a plan that would save families $384 compared to what the Liberals are proposing. He vows to end wind and solar subsidies, which he says would save $20 billion and create 40,000 jobs in the sector.

While in Vaughan, Premier Kathleen Wynne called the plan a fantasy. Wynne says there's no way to implement Hudak's plan and build the energy infrastructure the province needs to deal with increased demands. She also took a swipe at Hudak's Million Jobs Plan, which also aims to cut 100,000 public sector jobs. She says it calls for pink slips over pay cheques.

NDP leader Andrea Horwath is promising to scrap the provincial portion of the HST on hydro bills.   She says that would save the average homeowner about $10 a month.

Horwath made the announcement in Thunder Bay.

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  1. john posted on 05/12/2014 11:54 AM
    man Wynne is soooo full of shit farms can use it for fertilizer for there crops . for the next 1000 years .

    Andrea Horwath plain is not going to work cause they will raise the rates to compensate for the money they lost . just like insurance company s did last budget unless thay put in a law first that freezes the price before the cut kicks in . like thay should have done when thay put the cuts into insurance last budget .
    1. Sonny posted on 05/12/2014 03:33 PM
      @john You don't think Hudak is full of BS. the Ford question is; How are you going to pay for it and balance the Budget?
  2. arthur posted on 05/12/2014 12:58 PM
    the people in the background of Tim's photo op above look like they are positively on board with Tim's plan for government. Or in my opinion it looks like half of them look to me like they're saying this guy is so full of sht. can i get back to lunch break all ready?
    1. john posted on 05/12/2014 01:08 PM
      @arthur and how do u know it is not the other way around ?
  3. ToddK_2 posted on 05/12/2014 01:14 PM
    If the Liberals get in again, Ontarians will be the biggest collective voting idiots on the planet.
    1. john posted on 05/12/2014 03:10 PM
      @ToddK_2 sounds like new name for unions . to me .
    2. dama posted on 05/12/2014 03:11 PM
      @ToddK_2 The Liberals MIGHT get in with a minority government again,,
      for UNIONS are supporting the Liberal and the UNION does not give a shit to ordinary Ontarian who is not unionised..

      The Unions supported the latest Liberal budgets and they were pissed with Andrea Horwarth for not supporting it hence the election... the Union does not care about the Gas plant cancellation for it was union workers that lay the pipes or dismantled the pipes.. they get paid . either way..

      The Union hates the PC..
  4. Jack posted on 05/12/2014 01:24 PM
    Continued Liberal leadership means economic ruin through Ontario becoming the most business-hostile province in Canadian history.

    An NDP government means economic ruin, just a lot faster.

    A PC government means a smaller and more affordable public sector, lower taxes, and the first step to repairing the eleven years of damage McGuinty and Wynne have done to our home.
    1. Harry posted on 05/12/2014 07:15 PM
      @Jack Jack give Rob back his pipe will ya!
  5. ToddK_2 posted on 05/12/2014 01:40 PM
    It's all about keeping the status quo. Guess what my teacher friends are telling me what they are being told to vote for? They are being told Hudak will take their homes.

    Small efficient government is the way to get things moving not bloated public sector wages that will tax us to death. A cost effective government keeps things affordable for everyone. Who do you think is raising our cost of living every year? Fat cats, costly public services, corrupt useless government departments and union member heads.
    1. Jack posted on 05/12/2014 01:52 PM
      @ToddK_2 That's exactly the attitude we need moving into this election. Also, you should check out a group called Working Canadians: a volunteer not-for-profit organization devoted to exposing how unethical and unnecessary unions really are in Canada. Find them on Facebook, Twitter, and
    2. Brief and to the Point posted on 05/12/2014 05:50 PM
      @ToddK_2 Have an opinion if you like ... but don't resort to lies !

      The teachers' unions have said NOTHING to their memberships regarding the election choices.

      This is a too typical right wing Tea Party lying tactic.

      Beware the Hudak campaign.
      It has no rules.
  6. Brief and to the Popint posted on 05/12/2014 01:50 PM
    I get the feeling that those seemingly nice people in the blue shirts don't realize they'll soon be fighting one another for WalMart greeter jobs - should Tea Party Tim get in.
    1. Ernie posted on 05/12/2014 01:52 PM
      @Brief and to the Popint @Brief
      And how exactly have the liberals prevented the labour force from turning into low paying service sector jobs?

      After 10 years they have a proven track record of job failure.

      They created only 32,000 jobs over 10 years with all their tricks and gimmicks - The economy can loose that much in a single month. They are far from rocket scientists.
    2. Dean posted on 05/12/2014 01:54 PM
      @Brief and to the Popint Meanwhile, if the Liberals or NDP are elected, everyone in that picture will be fighting one another for the last scraps of food in a burned-out No Frills within ten years. Once socialism has made it impossible for businesses to operate and provide jobs in this province, that's where we're heading.

      The choice is clear: Hudak for Premier!
  7. Ernie posted on 05/12/2014 01:50 PM
    Im surprised Wynn hasn't said that the HST collected from electricity will pay for high speed bullet trains from London to Toronto.

    260 billion to carry .. what 100 people a day

    On the other hand, she can save everyone money just by saying we should all jog to work.
  8. ToddK_2 posted on 05/12/2014 02:22 PM
    Let's be honest: NDP, Liberal and PCs are all responsible for us being 30 years behind in transit, bloated governments and public sector unaffordable pensions and benefits, corruption and entitled government heads, downloaded\uploaded services etc.

    We just need new blood plain and simple; if we don't send this message to the goof balls in our Provincial government we are saying its ok to delete emails, let corrupt officials run e-Health, Orange, and our power policies.

    I'd like to see the first order of business is to dismantle the OPA.
    1. Brief and to the Point posted on 05/12/2014 05:59 PM
      @ToddK_2 Your point regarding transit development is accurate to a degree.
      However, keep in mind that the Conservatives have been in charge in Ontario for 45 of the last 60 years.

      They own the lion's share of the blame - without doubt.
  9. Frankie posted on 05/12/2014 02:43 PM
    I don't know if the Liberal voters will ever achieve sufficient intelligence to turf their party out. Even Dwight Duncan, former Liberal Finance Minister, has warned Sousa and Wynne of the dangerous deficit path their going down.

    If you're a Liberal what more do you need?
  10. arthur posted on 05/12/2014 03:42 PM
    have to get out and vote people. we have a chance to say NO to right wing tea party politics. let's get out there in force and create a good job in the consulting business for Tim Hudak
    1. Jack posted on 05/12/2014 03:57 PM
      @arthur Who would you rather see in office, Arthur? Wynne's Liberals, always ready to waste billions upon billions of dollars with no positive results to show for it? Horwath's NDP, who collectively lack the financial sense of even one dull-witted Liberal MP?

      The PCs are the only party who understand we cannot keep borrowing $20 billion a year indefinitely, and that any chance of an economic recovery for Ontario hinges on fighting unrealistic and unsustainable demands from the bloated public sector.
    2. Frankie posted on 05/12/2014 04:22 PM
      @arthur You should move to a truly socialist country where you can suck on the public teat all you want, and don't come back when they go bankrupt!

      You keep spewing tea party nonsense about the Conservatives despite the fact they're far from it. I guess you Liberals have to fear-monger because the truth wouldn't help your party.

      What would you say to Dwight Duncan as he's even warned the Liberals of the dangerous fiscal path they're taking? Or are you going to call me a liar again and deny he said that?
  11. Alex posted on 05/12/2014 05:13 PM
    What is going to happen in the future?
    Hydraulic Fracturing for Shale Natural Gas is the new and controversial method for mining natural gas since traditional methods have depleted shale reserves.
    This is a dangerous procedure that results in earth quakes, vast quantities of untreatable water and unsafe health symptoms

    Electricity and echo friendly wind and solar are the future.
    1. Ernie posted on 05/12/2014 07:25 PM
      @Alex Mot at 22 cents per kwh they are not. Nuke is only 4.5 cents per kwh and the excess hydro can be used to make hydrogen to feul your cars.

      we really cant afford wind or solar unless they become ALOT cheaper. Not likely with wind, and solar may be 50 years away fro. True affordability.
  12. don was right posted on 05/12/2014 08:38 PM
    This is all about electricity costs. Magan employer of 19,000 as has said no new plants for Ontario because the cost fo hydro is too high. What part of that does that dumb a** Wynn not understand? Or she tooo belives in the union motto - the job is not done until the job is gone.
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