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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.

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Ford government wants Ontario hooked on fossil gas

February 22, 2024

QUEEN'S PARK — Ontario Greens Leader and MPP for Guelph Mike Schreiner released the following statement in response to the tabling of new legislation that would reverse a decision by the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) to require new home builders to pay for the cost of new natural gas connections upfront.

“By trying to keep taxpayer dollars flowing to fossil fuel giants, the Ford government is costing Ontarians more.

Greens support the OEB’s decision designed to help Ontarians get off fossil fuels and make the switch to cleaner, cheaper energy alternatives.

It’s a move that would save customers $2 billion over five years – that’s approximately $600 back into the pockets of everyday Ontarians.

The only beneficiary of the government’s meddling decision is Enbridge – a company whose CEO made over $19 million last year.

Greens call on the Ford government to respect the OEB’s decision, abandon this bad bill and stop using ratepayer dollars to subsidize fossil giants.

We are in a housing crisis and need to build more homes. Part of that means ensuring those homes are set up for the clean energy transition. Otherwise, all we’re doing is sticking homeowners with higher energy bills for decades to come.”