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Local MPP insists Premier  apologize for comments

October 17, 2016
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Premier Wynne apologized in the Legislature today (Oct. 17/16) for her comments last week where she scolded Ontarians for being "bad actors" on the environment.  

The Premier was asked by Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson for an apology during Question Period, this morning due to the widespread displeasure across the province stemming from these comments. After being pressed again by Thompson, the Premier relented, and apologized in the Legislature for the comments she made.  

 

These comments came as Ontario ratepayers struggle with hydro rates which are set to rise again on November 1st, despite the fact that ratepayers are shouldering the burden of the highest electricity rates in North America. On top of that, small business owners are still wondering why they are seeing the debt retirement charge on their business bills when the charge has been removed from their home energy bills. What's even worse, just last week, an international tribunal ruling put taxpayers on the hook for another $28 million for a seat-saver offshore wind project cancellation.  "This is just another case of the Liberal government's mismanagement," said Thompson.    

"If the Premier actually spoke and listened to the people of Ontario, she would have known that Ontarians are pitching in, doing what they can to help out the environment," said Thompson. "The Premier's apology shows that she agreed that she should not have been scolding the people of Ontario," she added.  

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A positive next step for Ontario's the environment would be scrapping the non-transparent cap-and-trade scheme which will send $300 million south of the border annually by 2020.  

MPP Lisa Thompson

The Premier's apology goes to show that she should not be so flippant about serious issues. As we continue to focus on credible emissions reductions, the government needs to ensure that sustainable efforts to reduce emissions are realized in a revenue neutral way.

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