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Canada Day

Happy Canada Day!    A beautiful day around Prince Edward - Hastings.   Started the day off in Prince Edward County, followed by Belleville, Marmora & Stirling.   Hope everyone has a great day celebrating Canada's 150th Birthday   

Hydro Mess Continues

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJune 29, 2017   Hydro mess continues as Liberals waste equivalent of 760,000 homes worth of power   QUEEN’S PARK - Today Ontario PC Energy Critic Todd Smith revealed shocking data from the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers that shows the Wynne Liberals wasted 7.6  terawatt-hours of clean electricity last year - the equivalent of powering 760,000 homes for a year.  This represents a 58 per cent increase from the 4.8 terawatt-hours of electricity wasted in 2015.   “This is the direct result of the Liberals handing out expensive green energy contracts to Liberal donors for power we don’t need,” said Smith. “We’re selling power at a loss to states like Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, and allowing affordable green hydro power to get wasted. This is going to continue to happen until we address the root of Ontario’s hydro crisis and dismantle the Green Energy Act.”  This latest example of Liberal waste and incompetence comes on the heels of Hydro One applying for a rate hike that would see households paying $141 more per year.  “Ontario still has the fastest rising rates in North America, and Kathleen Wynne’s Unfair Hydro Plan does nothing to change that,” added Smith. “Rates are still going up and they’re going to continue to go up under the Wynne Liberals.”  “Over the next few days you’ll be hearing a lot of Liberal spin about how hydro rates are going down, but that’s simply not the case.” Smith concluded. “This latest example of Liberal mismanagement in the energy file means rates are going up – and it will only get worse under their watch.”  -30-   For Information Contact: Nick Bergamini | 416 325 8505 | nick.bergamini@pc.ola.org

Ontario Energy Board Meeting - Napanee

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.  -30-    For Information Contact - Ashley Harnden - 613-962-1144 - todd.smithco@pc.ola.org  Continue reading

Bill 148

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Letter to Minister Murray About WPD

April 18th, 2017   Hon. Glen Murray Minister of Environment & Climate Change Ferguson Block 11th Flr, 77 Wellesley St W, Toronto, ON M7A 2T5     Dear Minister,               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. Continue reading

Stay Tuned for a New Episode of Straight Talk

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. 

Lyons Club Presents Habitat with New Home

  Yesterday, I had the opportunity to stop by the Lyons 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.   

Saving the Girl Next Door

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. 

Letter to the Minister of Education

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. Continue reading