NDP Unveils Power Plan At Bridge

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath in Pt. Edward May 16, 2014. Photo by Stephanie Chaves

Ontario’s NDP leader used the U.S. as a backdrop at the Blue Water Bridge today to outline her plan to address high electricity prices.

Andrea Horwath says Ontario loses $1-billion a year exporting power to neighbouring jurisdictions.

Horwath says an NDP government will get a better price for power exports through direct trading.

In a stiff, cold northerly wind at the bridge, she introduced a three point plan to tackle spiraling hydro rates including merging OPG, Hydro One, the Ontario Power Authority and the Independent Electricity System Operator.

She also vows to cap CEO salaries.

Companies including Nova Chemicals have expressed concern about high energy costs being a deterrent to potential expansion in Sarnia-Lambton.

Horwath had to contend with anti-wind turbine protesters when her campaign arrived in Sarnia’s downtown last night. She was non-committal on slapping a moratorium on further wind projects and said the NDP will not cancel existing contracts like the liberals did with the gas plants.

Horwath also has campaign stops in London and Cambridge today.

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