Comment 120878

By RustyNail (registered) | Posted March 06, 2017 at 13:55:15

Fair to say that the opposition parties are clueless on this file but Wynne has certainly bungled it. First off, when you are planning to pass on more of the real cost of electricity to the consumer you need to be cognizant of the complexity of the fee calculation and the economic impact of increasing costs on essential services in this economic climate. You also need to be aware of the optics of raising prices on a service you yourself have mishandled (i.e. the Oakville gas plant scandal and associated costs). The Libs have lost public trust on this file.

As for an adult conversation, I think the public can grasp the fairly easy concepts of finite, clean energy and conservation. We can understand the idea of pay what you use. What is needed is a way to manage costs so that I don't have to pay way more than I used to. The Libs could have introduced price changes in phases but instead they made several changes at once, right after they were outed for bungling - and trying to cover up - the Oakville plant cancellation.

They have a similarly dire reputation on the transit file after Glen Murray's rah-rahing of the new Scarborough subway line to win votes. The simple fact is that the public no longer trusts the Libs to lead this grown up conversation and this is the crux of the matter. If we are going to avoid knee jerk politicking - who is going to take the charge and guide the grown up discussions?

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