Toronto, ON – The Keep Hydro Public campaign, Joined by municipal leaders from across the province, released a list of 165 communities whose councils have passed motions opposing the Liberal government’s plan to sell off of 60 percent of Hydro One. Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley said, “The Wynne government needs to listen to Mayors and Councils across Ontario and consult with us and the public, who are the true owners of Hydro One, not the Ontario Government.”
Katrina Miller, spokesperson for Keep Hydro Public, noted the list of municipal resolutions opposing the sell-‐off keeps growing. “More communities that are opposing the sell-‐off everyday. In fact a few hours from now, Peterborough will be meeting to consider a resolution opposing the sale.”
Many of the resolutions are based on a template provided by the campaign, which calls on the government to stop the sale of Hydro One and respect the role of local electrical distribution companies. However, activism has taken root in the municipal arena on this issue. The Western Ontario Wardens’ Caucus and the Northern Ontario Municipalities Association have drafted and circulated similar resolutions.
Chris Leahy, Councillor for Whitby, who successfully passed a resolution at his Council just last week said, “The Town of Whitby council joined the position of over 160 other municipalities that we should Keep Hydro Public here in Ontario. It was the foresight of the community to keep hydro public over 100 years ago and we need to preserve this public asset for the benefit of our children for the next 100 years.”
The campaign will continue to encourage local councils to pass resolutions and will work with municipal leaders over the coming weeks to bring their concerns to local MPPs. The Keep Hydro Public campaign is supported by more than 20 labour, environment, anti-‐ poverty, and student organizations.
For more information, please contact:
Katrina Miller at 647-‐272-‐5024
- List of Municipalities that have passed resolutions opposing Hydro One sell-off
- Map of Ontario communities opposing Hydro One sell-off
- Keep Hydro Public template resolution