Ralph Klein has gone and it is time to retire Ralph's World. Thanks to all of you who have supported this venture by contributing material and through your comments. It has been fun.

Should we get another blog underway? Let me know your thoughts by e-mailing me at johnnyslow@gmail.com.

John Slow
January 1, 2007

Friday, October 22, 2004

Alberta's Electrical noted in Ontario - Bad Stuff! 

This is where Klein has taken Albertan's already. Election is coming; get some one at the helm who will look after the citizen rather than the old boy's clubs.

Ontario Electricity Coalition Says Electricity Legislation Will Create An Energy Crisis
TORONTO – The Ontario Electricity Coalition (OEC) says that the government’s new electricity legislation will lead to a new energy crisis in the province.

“People are worried about an oil crisis on the horizon, but wait until they see what happens with electricity,” says Paul Kahnert, an OEC spokesperson. “NAFTA forces us to compete for our oil and gas; now we will be in the same boat when it comes to electricity.

“The Ontario Liberals are privatizing electricity by stealth while pretending they are still committed to a public system,” says Kahnert. “Once competition is introduced, electricity rates are going to soar because private power is far more expensive.”

The Liberal government is expected to pass Bill 100, The Electricity Restructuring Act by the end of November. “Under this legislation, public generating stations will be replaced, over time, by private ones,” says Kahnert. “In less than 20 years the system will be privatized.

“Once we privatize and integrate our system with the American system, we can kiss goodbye to any control,” says Kahnert.

“NAFTA forces us to compete against Americans for the gas in our cars and the heat in our homes; just imagine bidding against them to keep the lights on,” says John Wilson, former Hydro board member and electricity consultant.

“McGuinty is legislating to put electricity under NAFTA. This will drive our rates to U.S. levels and devastate farms, business, tourism, and industry and the hospitals and schools that depend on a strong economy.”
The Ontario Electricity Coalition is a broad-based coalition made up of seniors, environmental groups, private citizens, the Council of Canadians, labour organizations, and social justice groups

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