PBO: Liberals Failing to Provide Proper Ressources to End Water Crisis on Reserves

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OTTAWA – Today, the Parliamentary Budget Officer has raised serious concerns about the Prime Minister’s commitment to end long-term drinking water advisories on reserves within 5 years. The PBO’s report, entitled Budget Sufficiency for First Nations Water and Wastewater Infrastructure, found that in the best-case scenario, the Liberal government would need to invest an additional $2.35 billion to meet its promise.

Point me to the exact clause that’s stalling the CC Brand Centre from selling whisky: MPP Hatfield

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In the Ontario Legislature on Wednesday, Windsor-Tecumseh MPP Percy Hatfield challenged the government to produce the exact language or clause that is holding up the Private Member’s Bill he introduced to help save the second largest tourist attraction in Windsor. 

The Bill would allow the Canadian Club Brand Heritage Centre in Windsor to sell their product at the end of a public tour within the historical operation.

“Seven months ago I had a PMB pass second reading.  It called for a change in the law to allow Canadian Club whisky to be sold where it’s been made in Windsor for the past 130 years. The owners of Hiram Walker sold the Canadian Club brand – but it’s still made ‘under contract’ by the same people in the same place”, said Hatfield.

“I’ve been told senior policy advisers claim changing the law might impact international trade policies.  Speaker – could someone over there point me to the exact language or clause in some agreement that states this simple change is too much work for the Liberals to undertake?”

The Canadian Club Brand Heritage Brand Centre is a palatial building and landmark on the Windsor side of the Detroit River dating back to 1894.  As Windsor’s second most popular tourist attraction, 15,000 people toured the building every year until this issue erupted in March 2017.

“Why won’t the Liberals pull out all the stops, put on their thinking caps, and find a solution so the whisky can be sold after a tour and the doors to the brand centre can re-open to the public?” asked Hatfield.

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Point me to the exact clause that’s stalling the CC Brand Centre from selling whisky: MPP Hatfield

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Point me to the exact clause that’s stalling the CC Brand Centre from selling whisky: MPP Hatfield

In the Ontario Legislature on Wednesday, Windsor-Tecumseh MPP Percy Hatfield challenged the government to produce the exact language or clause that is holding up the Private Member’s Bill he introduced to help save the second largest tourist attraction in Windsor. 

The Bill would allow the Canadian Club Brand Heritage Centre in Windsor to sell their product at the end of a public tour within the historical operation.

“Seven months ago I had a PMB pass second reading.  It called for a change in the law to allow Canadian Club whisky to be sold where it’s been made in Windsor for the past 130 years. The owners of Hiram Walker sold the Canadian Club brand – but it’s still made ‘under contract’ by the same people in the same place”, said Hatfield.

“I’ve been told senior policy advisers claim changing the law might impact international trade policies.  Speaker – could someone over there point me to the exact language or clause in some agreement that states this simple change is too much work for the Liberals to undertake?”

The Canadian Club Brand Heritage Brand Centre is a palatial building and landmark on the Windsor side of the Detroit River dating back to 1894.  As Windsor’s second most popular tourist attraction, 15,000 people toured the building every year until this issue erupted in March 2017.

“Why won’t the Liberals pull out all the stops, put on their thinking caps, and find a solution so the whisky can be sold after a tour and the doors to the brand centre can re-open to the public?” asked Hatfield.

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Families paying for Wynne’s hydro failures

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Families paying for Wynne’s hydro failures

Auditor’s report shows families being let down on hydro, health care, housing and more

Kathleen Wynne has allowed private power companies to rip off Ontario families to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars, according to Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk’s scathing 2017 Annual Report, released Wednesday.

“From the privatization of power generation by the Conservatives to the sell-off of Hydro One by Kathleen Wynne, the system is now set up to turn everyday Ontario families into a cash cow for private energy corporations,” said NDP Leader Andrea Horwath. “I think Ontarians will be disgusted to see how many millions of dollars extra they’re are paying for electricity.”

Among the auditor’s findings: IESO programs are paying gas and coal generators $30 million more than necessary each year. One program encourages inefficiency that cost families and businesses $19 million over just one summer. Nine generators collected $260 million they’re not entitled to, more than a third of which was never recovered. These costs are just the tip of the iceberg. 

Horwath and the NDP have released a plan to reverse this damage and substantially reduce hydro bills by bringing the electricity system back into public hands, starting with Hydro One. Conservative Patrick Brown recently announced that his party is now on board with Wynne’s hydro schemes – his platform says he would make no changes if elected.

PATIENTS LET DOWN

Lysyk’s report also paints a picture of Ontario patients being let down by Kathleen Wynne. 

The Liberals’ privatization of hospitals – so-called public-private partnerships, or P3s – are diverting dollars out of hospital operating budgets, away from patient care. Instead, that money is paying for higher-than-reasonable rates for privatized maintenance costs not covered by the original deal.

And the overpayments continue when it comes to drugs. By failing to negotiate better prices on generic medications, the auditor found the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is paying 85 per cent more than some Ontario hospitals. 

Horwath has introduced a complete phramacare plan – one that will provide drug coverage for every Ontarian, regardless of age, income or job status.  

FAMILIES WHO NEED AFFORDABLE HOUSING LET DOWN

The auditor’s annual report also points out that for the first time, the number of people on the wait list for affordable housing exceeds the number of people actually in affordable housing – and 83,000 existing units are at risk of being mothballed.

Kathleen Wynne has refused to fund the province’s share of repairs to affordable housing units. Horwath has promised that if she takes office, the province will fulfill its commitment to a one-third share of funding for affordable and social housing repairs.

WHILE LETTING FAMILIES DOWN, GOVERNMENT SPENDS ON ITS RE-ELECTION BID

According to the Auditor, Kathleen Wynne spent a record $58 million on government advertising – at least one-third of which was on blatantly partisan re-election ads. In 2015, the Wynne Liberals loosened government advertising rules, eliminating the Auditor General’s authority to block partisan ad spending.

“Instead of doing what’s right when it comes to hydro, health care and the services we all count on, Kathleen Wynne is trying to hold on to the premier’s office by spending public money to promote herself and her Liberal party,” said Horwath. “That’s exactly the kind of tactic that has caused millions of people to decide that it’s time for change, and that Wynne has got to go.

“But the question now is: what comes next? Patrick Brown has vowed to cut $6.1 billion in jobs and services. Jobs, nurses, health care services and resources in our children’s classrooms are all at risk with Patrick Brown’s Conservatives.

“It’s time for a plan that gives families hope that it’s going to get easier. A plan to improve services instead of cutting them. A plan to make life more affordable instead of hiking hydro bills. That’s what I’m promising to do, and I’m proud of our plan to make life better for everyday families.”

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Auditor’s report shows families being let down on hydro, health care, housing and more

Kathleen Wynne has allowed private power companies to rip off Ontario families to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars, according to Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk’s scathing 2017 Annual Report, released Wednesday.

“From the privatization of power generation by the Conservatives to the sell-off of Hydro One by Kathleen Wynne, the system is now set up to turn everyday Ontario families into a cash cow for private energy corporations,” said NDP Leader Andrea Horwath. “I think Ontarians will be disgusted to see how many millions of dollars extra they’re are paying for electricity.”

Among the auditor’s findings: IESO programs are paying gas and coal generators $30 million more than necessary each year. One program encourages inefficiency that cost families and businesses $19 million over just one summer. Nine generators collected $260 million they’re not entitled to, more than a third of which was never recovered. These costs are just the tip of the iceberg. 

Horwath and the NDP have released a plan to reverse this damage and substantially reduce hydro bills by bringing the electricity system back into public hands, starting with Hydro One. Conservative Patrick Brown recently announced that his party is now on board with Wynne’s hydro schemes – his platform says he would make no changes if elected.

PATIENTS LET DOWN

Lysyk’s report also paints a picture of Ontario patients being let down by Kathleen Wynne. 

The Liberals’ privatization of hospitals – so-called public-private partnerships, or P3s – are diverting dollars out of hospital operating budgets, away from patient care. Instead, that money is paying for higher-than-reasonable rates for privatized maintenance costs not covered by the original deal.

And the overpayments continue when it comes to drugs. By failing to negotiate better prices on generic medications, the auditor found the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is paying 85 per cent more than some Ontario hospitals. 

Horwath has introduced a complete phramacare plan – one that will provide drug coverage for every Ontarian, regardless of age, income or job status.  

FAMILIES WHO NEED AFFORDABLE HOUSING LET DOWN

The auditor’s annual report also points out that for the first time, the number of people on the wait list for affordable housing exceeds the number of people actually in affordable housing – and 83,000 existing units are at risk of being mothballed.

Kathleen Wynne has refused to fund the province’s share of repairs to affordable housing units. Horwath has promised that if she takes office, the province will fulfill its commitment to a one-third share of funding for affordable and social housing repairs.

WHILE LETTING FAMILIES DOWN, GOVERNMENT SPENDS ON ITS RE-ELECTION BID

According to the Auditor, Kathleen Wynne spent a record $58 million on government advertising – at least one-third of which was on blatantly partisan re-election ads. In 2015, the Wynne Liberals loosened government advertising rules, eliminating the Auditor General’s authority to block partisan ad spending.

“Instead of doing what’s right when it comes to hydro, health care and the services we all count on, Kathleen Wynne is trying to hold on to the premier’s office by spending public money to promote herself and her Liberal party,” said Horwath. “That’s exactly the kind of tactic that has caused millions of people to decide that it’s time for change, and that Wynne has got to go.

“But the question now is: what comes next? Patrick Brown has vowed to cut $6.1 billion in jobs and services. Jobs, nurses, health care services and resources in our children’s classrooms are all at risk with Patrick Brown’s Conservatives.

“It’s time for a plan that gives families hope that it’s going to get easier. A plan to improve services instead of cutting them. A plan to make life more affordable instead of hiking hydro bills. That’s what I’m promising to do, and I’m proud of our plan to make life better for everyday families.”

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Wynne government forcing local electricity distributors to print Liberal political spin on energy bills: NDP

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In question period on Wednesday, Ontario NDP Consumer Affairs critic Wayne Gates called on the Wynne government to end its practice of forcing local distribution companies to print Liberal political spin on energy bills.

Niagara on the Lake (NOTL) Hydro is speaking out, saying that forcing local distribution companies to publish details of the Liberal’s Fair Hydro Plan and other political messages on hydro bills is simply wrong and makes bills more confusing for ratepayers.

“Yesterday the publicly owned Niagara-on-the-Lake Hydro issued a simple and straightforward request to keep political messages off of resident’s bills,” said Gates. “Nobody likes to receive a bill - but right now the Ontario Energy Board forces local distributers to print your messaging in their bills. This Liberal government is forcing utilities to include lines that refer to savings from your hydro plan – savings that aren’t actually there.

“The so-called savings are nothing more than costs kicked a few years down the road to try and get re-elected, a plan which won’t lower bills and won’t bring hydro back into public hands.”

The Board of Niagara-on-the-Lake Hydro said that the politicization of electricity bills began when local distribution companies were required to print the Debt Reduction Charge on bills after it was eliminated and continued when an 8 per cent rebate had to be accompanied with a message to say it was provided by the government of Ontario.

Now, local distribution companies are forced to print messages from the Liberal’s fair hydro plan.

“Let me quote Jim Ryan, the Chair of the publicly owned Niagara-on-the-Lake hydro utility, ‘Putting political messages on the invoice is simply wrong’.” said Gates. “And frankly, we agree with him. Keep your political spin off of people’s hydro bills.

“Residents are smart enough to know that if their bills have gone 300 per cent they aren't seeing savings no matter how many times you write it on the bill.”

“Will this Liberal government remove the political messaging from people's hydro bills and stop insulting people whose bills they’ve already caused to skyrocket?” asked Gates.

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Wynne government forcing local electricity distributors to print Liberal political spin on energy bills: NDP

In question period on Wednesday, Ontario NDP Consumer Affairs critic Wayne Gates called on the Wynne government to end its practice of forcing local distribution companies to print Liberal political spin on energy bills.

Niagara on the Lake (NOTL) Hydro is speaking out, saying that forcing local distribution companies to publish details of the Liberal’s Fair Hydro Plan and other political messages on hydro bills is simply wrong and makes bills more confusing for ratepayers.

“Yesterday the publicly owned Niagara-on-the-Lake Hydro issued a simple and straightforward request to keep political messages off of resident’s bills,” said Gates. “Nobody likes to receive a bill - but right now the Ontario Energy Board forces local distributers to print your messaging in their bills. This Liberal government is forcing utilities to include lines that refer to savings from your hydro plan – savings that aren’t actually there.

“The so-called savings are nothing more than costs kicked a few years down the road to try and get re-elected, a plan which won’t lower bills and won’t bring hydro back into public hands.”

The Board of Niagara-on-the-Lake Hydro said that the politicization of electricity bills began when local distribution companies were required to print the Debt Reduction Charge on bills after it was eliminated and continued when an 8 per cent rebate had to be accompanied with a message to say it was provided by the government of Ontario.

Now, local distribution companies are forced to print messages from the Liberal’s fair hydro plan.

“Let me quote Jim Ryan, the Chair of the publicly owned Niagara-on-the-Lake hydro utility, ‘Putting political messages on the invoice is simply wrong’.” said Gates. “And frankly, we agree with him. Keep your political spin off of people’s hydro bills.

“Residents are smart enough to know that if their bills have gone 300 per cent they aren't seeing savings no matter how many times you write it on the bill.”

“Will this Liberal government remove the political messaging from people's hydro bills and stop insulting people whose bills they’ve already caused to skyrocket?” asked Gates.

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