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Mike Schreiner, Leader of the Green Party of Ontario and MPP for Guelph, is the first Green MPP elected to the Ontario Legislature in 2018.
Electricity subsidies line the pockets of Ontario’s wealthiest
March 20, 2023
QUEEN'S PARK — Ontario Greens leader and MPP for Guelph Mike Schreiner released the following statement in response to reports that the Ford government will spend more than $6 billion subsidizing hydro rates over the next year.
“For years, Ontario Greens have been calling on the government to stop funding irresponsible energy subsidies for the wealthy and redirect taxpayer dollars to reduce energy poverty and invest in better public services and efficiency programs that help people save money by saving energy.
It is well documented that these subsidies disproportionately benefit the wealthy, rewarding higher consumption with bigger rebates.
Last year, the Financial Accountability Office estimated that hydro subsidies will cost taxpayers $118 billion over the next two decades.
Think of how that money could be used to make life better for people across the province.
We could hire 33,000 new nurses and commit to paying them fairly.
Build 122,000 affordable rental homes over the next decade.
Invest in retrofit programs that would create thousands of jobs and provide long-term solutions to our climate, energy, and economic crises.
And help people save on their energy bills through efficiency- and conservation-based solutions.
No one should have to worry about unaffordable electricity costs. But it is far more fiscally responsible to target rate subsidies to the people who need it the most.
Instead, the Ford government is playing political games and leaving us to foot the bill.
With the provincial budget just around the corner, Doug Ford should press pause on rebates for the wealthy and invest in the services we all rely on: education, health care, social services and climate solutions that save people money.”