Opinion Letters

Letters to the editor, Oct. 25, 2017

MPP Rinaldi disappoints with hydro comments

(Re: MPP Rinaldi says there's no hidden hydro debt, Oct. 19, 2017)

In some manner or another I have known Lou Rinaldi for the past 20 years. So, I know he knows better. That's why it disappointed me this week when he took a partisan pot shot at the province's independent, non-partisan Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk.

The most astonishing statement my old friend, Lou, makes is that the $4-billion in extra costs associated with the government's electricity rate cut will come out of hydro rates and not taxes. Does he really have no understanding of how expensive electricity is in Ontario now?

According to the Auditor General, this is $4 billion that will be added to already sky rocketing electricity rates in the future because "the Liberals are making up their own accounting rules."

Another independent watchdog, the Financial Accountability Officer, reported the same $4 billion number earlier this year. Lou concludes by saying that "this is no different than municipalities undertaking infrastructure and deferring payment over a long period of time."

Here's the difference, at the end of an infrastructure deal you have a new building, bridge or road.

In this case, you have nothing, except more debt, higher interest and record high electricity bills.

Todd Smith

MPP Prince Edward-Hastings

PC Energy Critic

Time to build cleaner economy in Canada

The demise of Energy East is good news for the climate and all Canadians concerned about the pipeline's risks to our land, water and communities.

But the reason for TransCanada's cancellation of Energy East is simple: New tar sands pipelines don't make sense -- economically or environmentally -- in a world that is moving away from fossil fuels. Energy East couldn't be justified during a time of low oil prices, declining investment in the tar sands, and an unstoppable transition to renewable energy.

There is already enough capacity to transport Western Canadian oil. The economic case to expand the tar sands has evaporated, eliminating the need to build more pipelines.

Enough with the blame game over who's responsible for the death of Energy East. It's time for Canada to turn the corner on tar sands growth. Instead of pipelines, tar sands and tankers, let's accelerate our work to build a clean economy.

Patrick DeRochie

Program manager, climate and energy

Environmental Defence