June 20th, 2017
No, was the overwhelming response on Monday night, from Eastern Ontario residents attending an Ontario Energy Board community meeting in Napanee into a proposed rate increase by Hydro One.
The meeting focused on a proposed hike in distribution rates at Hydro One which could add an average of $2.50 per month over the next five years to electricity bills. The OEB is holding a series of meetings to receive input on the company’s rate application which, if approved, would see the monthly increases begin in January of 2018.
Prince Edward-Hastings MPP Todd Smith, Progressive Conservative Energy Critic, told the gathering that until the electric company reins in executive compensation any rate applications should be denied.
“What the OEB should be is an arbitrator and look at other jurisdictions across Canada to ensure that we are paying reasonable salaries to our executives. The salaries at Hydro One are way out of whack. To be fair, it’s not the board at Hydro One that awarded the compensation packages. It was Kathleen Wynne and the Ontario Liberal government that awarded these massive contracts prior to selling Hydro One.”
Smith went on to explain the CEO at Hydro Quebec and BC Hydro made less than $500,000 compensation per year while the Hydro One CEO received $4.6 million. He added that Hydro Quebec serves three times as many customers and has electricity prices that are a third of Ontario’s.
MPP Smith noted that in the past the OEB decided not to allow Ontario Power Generation to pass on compensation increases to ratepayers.
“The Supreme Court ruled in favour of the Ontario Energy Board in their assessment that OPG’s staffing levels and employment costs were too high. I’m asking you to do the same thing here today. The application for a rate increase should be rejected until compensation is brought in line with other Canadian provinces”.
Smith closed saying many people are living in energy poverty and businesses are hanging on by a thread as electricity rates soar. He called on the OEB to stand up for rural and eastern Ontario and reject the rate increase until Hydro One gets executive compensation under control.
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April 18th, 2017
Hon. Glen Murray
Minister of Environment & Climate Change
Ferguson Block 11th Flr,
77 Wellesley St W,
Toronto, ON M7A 2T5
On multiple occasions in the House, you have answered questions regarding the actions of the mega multinational energy corporation WPD and its attempt to construct energy installations in both my riding and that of my colleague, the Member from Simcoe-Grey. During those interactions, you have emphatically stated your intent to ensure the integrity of a process as well as your concerns about actions which could undermine it.Read more
Belleville! Be sure to tune into TV Cogeco for a new episode of Straight Talk with MPP Todd Smith! This month's episode has Jill Raycroft, the new CEO of the Belleville Chamber of Commerce.
Yesterday, I had the opportunity to stop by the Lions Club of Belleville for an incredible announcement.
For over 20 years, Habitat for Humanity Prince Edward - Hastings has been building homes for families in need. Yesterday, they were able to announce that they are going to be building TWO homes with the help of the Lions Club of Belleville.
The Lions Club donated $100,000 to Habitat for Humanity, as well as providing volunteers to help with the build. This is an amazing partnership and congratulations to Bob Clute and his team for all of their hard work.
Yesterday my friend and colleague, Laurie Scott, MPP for Haliburton- Kawartha Lakes - Brock spoke to a crowd in Belleville, filled with social workers, hospitality staff, law enforcement, and many other groups to discuss Human Trafficking and her Bill "Saving the Girl Next Door"
Congratulations to all who made yesterdays event such a success.
February 1, 2017
Hon. Mitzie Hunter
Minister of Education
Mowat Block 22nd Flr,
900 Bay St,
Toronto, ON M7A 1L2
School Closures in Prince Edward County
Dear Minister Hunter,
I am writing to invite you to meet with Constituents and Municipal Leaders in my area to discuss the Accommodation Review Committee process which is currently underway. I know you had the opportunity, at the ROMA conference to hear from municipal leaders and staff to discuss the potential negative impact the changes will have on their small towns.Read more
Literacy Day at St. Gregory Catholic Elementary School
Today, across Ontario, students were celebrating Literacy Day! I was lucky enough to spend the morning with students at St. Gregory Catholic Elementary School in Prince Edward County.
I read The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein and The Paperbag Princess by Canadian Author Robert Munsch, to a group of Kindergarten students!