An Oshawa politician is asking residents to send their hydro bills so they can show the premier that costs are skyrocketing. Joe Scarpelli has the details.
Hydro can get expensive. Just ask Helen Hill.
“This month it was over one hundred dollars. That’s crazy expensive…it’s a little tiny apartment. I don’t have a freezer, I don’t have a dryer. I just have a fridge, TV…I did turn on my air conditioner because it was really, really hot.”
Hill is a cancer survivor who is no longer able to work. She’s now living off a pension.
“My grocery bill has gone down from $50 a week to 20-25 which is not easy.”
Oshawa NDP MPP Jennifer French wants to help. She’s asking her constituents and even residents outside her riding to send their hydro bills to her office. French says she will then personally deliver them to Premier Kathleen Wynne.
“The numbers don’t lie. It’s a real problem that has to be addressed. They can’t keep pushing it off.”
This week the premier referred to hydro rates as an “urgent issue.”
“I heard those concerns and as I say, those concerns now become part of our consideration as we go forward.”
French says it’s a case of too little, too late.
“Urgent? That was 10 years ago. We’re at a crisis point. People can’t afford to keep their lights on.”
French hopes the hydro bills and with real life struggles will pressure the premier to act promptly and effectively.
“See what they can do when faced with raw data and actual information and real stories from communities.”
Hill says she will be dropping off her hydro bill to French’s office at 78 Centre Street North.
“I think anything that’s going to help is a good idea.”