Darouze Takes On Wynne Over Power: Open Letter

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This is an open letter to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne from Osgoode Councillor George Darouze:

Dear Premier Wynne,

Every day in the Province of Ontario, Hydro One customers are faced with the choice between feeding their families and turning on the lights. How can the province allow things to get so bad for its own citizens to choose between basic needs?

Since I was elected to represent Osgoode Ward in 2014, I have made making Fair Hydro for Ottawa residents one of my top priorities. Nearly 45,000 Ottawa residents, most of them rural, are currently on Hydro One and paying up to 30% more for the same hydro service. I fully understand their frustration, as I myself am also a customer of Hydro One and subject to the atrocious and unjustifiable fees and rates each month. After personal experiences of hydro bills unnecessarily costing hundreds of dollars and listening to the heart breaking stories of my residents, I began a city wide petition asking for harmonized billing rates for Hydro One customers as Hydro Ottawa.

Customers under Hydro One deserve a permanent, long term solution. This solution needs to be as substantive as the harm that has been imposed on these residents for years. Removing the 8% HST from Hydro bills is no more than a small band-aid on a much larger wound. Doing so will decrease Provincial revenue, while Hydro One continues to take the hard earn profit of struggling families in to their corporate pockets. Not only does this not address the gap between Hydro One rate payers and Hydro Ottawa rate payers, it does not correct the issue at its core.

The statements made in today’s throne speech are not solutions, and I sincerely hope that this was not the extent of resolution that you felt was acceptable. More needs to be done.

In anticipation of my Fair Hydro For Ottawa Petition being presented to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario this fall, I urge you to take serious and immediate action towards correcting the erroneous cost of hydro rates under Hydro One. We deserve a real and substantive solution.

I would be more than happy to further discuss this with you.

Sincerely,

George Darouze

City Councillor, Osgoode Ward 20


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2 thoughts on “Darouze Takes On Wynne Over Power: Open Letter

  1. No doubt this letter will be responded to by telling Councillor Darouze that, as was stated today, further steps to help rural residents and small businesses will be coming in the future. I do wonder just when “the future” will be.

    This eight-per-cent drop of the HST will not even come in to effect until January 2017, no doubt around the same time as the increased cost from the carbon tax will come in to effect. The move is simply political posturing and will not do anything significant to help consumers. It is the hourly rates and exorbitant delivery charges that are the primary issues.

    The games politicians play.

    Anne Marie

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  2. Every level of government plays the shell game, they have done so since the first tribal leader took the reins over a village. The villages get bigger, the governments get bigger, the issues get bigger and the SHELLS get bigger too.

    In a democracy we get to vote in our leaders. We hope for transparency and good governance. We usually get little of either and the shell game continues.

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