ONTARIO – As the Government of Ontario passes Bill 91 today and continues its attempts to privatize Hydro One, a broad coalition of community, environment, labour and student groups says the fight to keep hydro publicly owned is just beginning.
“The further the government moves down the road of privatization, the more opposition they will face,” said Katrina Miller, spokesperson for the coalition, “Hydro One still belongs to the people of Ontario, and we don’t want to sell.”
“There’s a long road the government needs to travel before it can sell a single share,” Miller noted. “There are applications, approvals and public disclosures that will be taking place under the gaze of more and more Ontario residents who oppose this plan.”
Recent public polling shows public opposition to privatizing Hydro is high and continues to grow, with over 80 percent opposed in some communities.
“Research and expert opinions have shown that privatizing Hydro One is just too costly -‐ we will see our bills go up, government revenues go down, and public accountability disappear,” commented Miller. “That’s why more and more organizations and individuals are joining with us every day.”
The coalition now boasts over 20 organizational supporters; thousands of people have written to their MPPs opposing the sale.
“The government is attempting to sell off Hydro One with no meaningful public consultation,” Miller said. “We are working with groups from every sector and every region of the province to make sure Ontarians do have a say and that the government listens.”
For more information, contact: Katrina Miller – 647-272-5024