A lump of coal for the Ontario Liberal government [OPINION]

Send Chiarelli a message to convey how you feel about the management of the province’s electricity supply

December 3, 2015   by Joe Terrett, Editor



You have likely read the PLANT e-News article (Canadian Press) describing Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk’s report that emphasizes the “ouch” factor Ontario taxpayers endure when their electricity bills arrive.

To summarize, her report says Ontario electricity customers paid $37 billion for the Liberal government’s decisions to ignore its own planning process for new power projects. And more bad news, the report warns that’s just one factor driving up hydro rates. Look forward to paying another $133 billion by 2032.

The article also notes hydro customers will pay $9.2 billion more for their wind and solar projects under the Liberals’ 20-year guaranteed-price program for renewable energy than they would have paid under the old program.

Energy minister Bob Chiarelli is defending the Liberal’s Green Energy Act as a “Wayne Gretzky move – skating to where the puck was going to be.”


A poor analogy since Gretzky didn’t leave a massive financial crater in his wake when he set up a shot.

As homeowners and participants in the wonderful world of manufacturing, you are likely seeing red, and it’s not because the Christmas season is approaching.

Speaking of Christmas, it’s time for Santa to decide who has been naughty or nice, and it’s a good bet the Ontario Liberal government, and Chiarelli, are on the black, …no, let’s make that the “red” … list.

If you are having trouble coming up with gift ideas, the jolly elves at PLANT have a suggestion: send Energy Minister Bob a lump of coal. If you are having trouble finding a lump of coal, ask the folks at US Steel in Hamilton if they have any extra they can spare. Still coming up short? Head out to your backyard and gather up some biomass. That’s twigs, bark and other bits of forest flotsam.

Energy Minister Bob will appreciate the irony.

The auditor general found Ontario’s last coal-burning station in Thunder Bay was converted to biomass, says the article, but the power generator has to import wood products from Europe to burn, pushing the cost of the electricity it generates 25 times higher than other biomass generators.

So act now. Gather up your Christmas stocking stuffer, put it in a small box, wrap it up with ribbons and gayly appointed Christmas paper, then head to Canada Post or your favourite courier company. You’ll want to beat the rush. Co-ordinates are below. Feel free to pass this Christmas wish along to others.

And a Merry Christmas to all. Be sure to turn off your Christmas lights earlier this year.

Joe Terrett
Editor, PLANT


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