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Majority of farmers say hydro costs significantly impacting their business

October 26, 2012

KITCHENER – The Ontario PC Party has found that the overwhelming majority of farmers in the province have had their business operations “significantly impacted” by the Liberals’ failed energy policy, Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Michael Harris said today.

According to the results of the Ontario PC Agriculture Survey – released earlier this month by PC Agriculture Critic Ernie Hardeman – 97% of Ontario farmers reported that the increasing cost of hydro has affected their business, while 60.7% said that impact was significant.

“Ontario’s unsustainably high hydro rates continue to burden not only farmers throughout the province, but also consumers who support our economy by purchasing locally grown food,” Harris said. “The Liberal government claims to support farmers yet continues to make policies that have put Ontario food producers at a competitive disadvantage with other jurisdictions where leaders understand that an affordable energy policy plays in integral role in stimulating and maintaining economic growth,” Harris said.

In 2010, the Liberal government admitted that hydro costs would increase by nearly 50% over the next five years as result of its disastrous green energy social experiments.

“The Liberal government’s hopelessly flawed green energy policy has sent farmers’ hydro bills skyrocketing,” Harris said. “To make Ontario the No. 1 place to do business in Canada again, we need to establish an affordable energy policy that takes into account all industries in the province. That starts with ending the Feed-in-Tariff program.”

Under the Liberals’ misguided energy policy, the government awards 20-year contracts to wind and solar companies that pay double to 10 times the rate of conventional sources of energy like hydroelectricity, nuclear or natural gas – whether Ontario needs the power or not.

“The PC Party supports green energy, but companies in this sector should have to compete in a free, fair and open marketplace,” Harris said.