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Throne Speech Offers Hydro Rebate

Premier Kathleen Wynne has promised to cut the 8 percent HST on hydro bills for rate payers in Ontario.

QUEEN'S PARK - Premier Kathleen Wynne delivered her throne speech today.

She has promised to eliminate the 8 percent HST on hydro bills for rate payers in Ontario. This will save the average household about $130 a year.

Local MPP Ernie Hardeman says the throne speech failed to address the issues that have caused Ontario to have the highest hydro rates in North America.

"I'm pleased that the premier has finally acknowledged that the people of Ontario are struggling to pay their hydro bills, but today’s speech shows that she still doesn't really understand. Once again the Liberals have proposed a band-aid solution that doesn't actually address the problems that are causing hydro rates to increase."

Hardeman says the rebate doesn't do enough to help Ontarian's who are struggling to pay their hydro bills every month.

"Today Wynne announced an 8% rebate which only covers about two-thirds of the increase we saw in the last year. The people of Ontario need a real solution which will deal with Ontario’s high hydro rates and stop them from increasing. There was nothing in today’s throne speech that acknowledged the mistakes the government has made or committed to take a different approach in the future. "This announcement is clearly just a public relations exercise because it hasn't been costed, won't have a significant impact for families and doesn't actually solve the problem of our hydro rates increasing."

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