Frank Klees

Press Release

May 19, 2011

Klees Announces a PC Government Will Provide Immediate Relief for
Families on Home Hydro and Heating Bills

Queen’s Park - Today, Newmarket-Aurora MPP Frank Klees announced that after years of failed Liberal hydro experiments, a PC government would remove the provincial portion of the HST from hydro bills and from all residential home heating bills including natural gas, home heating oil and propane.

A PC Government will also remove the so-called “Debt Retirement Charge” from residential hydro bills. Taken together, these steps will give a typical Ontario household $275 in immediate relief from rising energy bills.

Under Dalton McGuinty, hydro rates have increased eight times since 2003 by a total of 84 percent, or as much as 150 percent for families with activated smart meters.  In addition to these increased rates, consumers are now being charged the HST.

 “Dalton McGuinty’s failed energy experiments have hurt Ontario families where it matters most – in their pocketbooks,” said Klees. “We recognize that families desperately need relief. By removing the provincial portion of the HST from hydro and home heating bills, hardworking families will get a major break from steadily rising costs.”

In October, the choice is clear – a McGuinty government which will raise the taxes of Ontario families, or an Ontario PC government which will provide relief for families on hydro bills.