Tradegy & Farce of Ontario’s Energy

wind-refugeeKarl Marx said that history repeats: first as tragedy, then as farce. In Ontario, the history of failed energy policy repeats – first as farce, and then as more farce.

Premier Kathleen Wynne faces an election in a little over a year and a half, and one of the main issues dogging the Liberal government is the price of electricity. Thanks to policy choices that the government itself seems incapable of unwinding, electricity bills have been on an upward tear for a decade. Many voters are furious. And so the Wynne government devoted the heart of its Throne Speech this week to a plan to lower the price of electricity. Not the cost of electricity, however. Just the sticker price.

Taxpayers of Ontario, you will now be paying for more of your electricity through your taxes, or through future taxes funded by deficit financing, and less through your electricity bill. Yes, that’s the new plan. It looks a lot like the old plan.

Nearly six years ago, Ms. Wynne’s predecessor, Dalton McGuinty, was facing an election. He was, like the current premier, spooked by rapidly rising electricity prices. These spiking prices, note well, had been engineered by the Liberal government’s mishandled Green Energy policy. To win back voters, Mr. McGuinty decided to give consumers a break. The tool: the so-called Ontario Clean Energy Benefit, which ran from the start of 2011 to the end of 2015….

Editorial published in Globe & Mail on September 13, 2016


2 thoughts on “Tradegy & Farce of Ontario’s Energy”

  1. The present distorted energy sector is the inevitable result of having an unemployed Ottawa lawyer and Toronto school trustee design your energy grid. At NO point did this Liberal regime consult with the province’s professional engineers, or follow their recommendations. Instead, they followed the recommendations given by a motley crew of “green” environmentalists and natural gas industry executives. What is needed immediately is a moratorium on the construction of wind/solar power projects. The next step would be a police investigation of the companies involved in the “green” industry to identify the true owners / financial backers of these businesses as well as their relationships with the Liberal party. I would recommend that the RCMP carry out this investigation with the help of Interpol.

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