Re: Is Canada ready for the coming electric vehicle revolution?Apr 4th, 2018
LIE-berals have suckered Cdns on the crap and trade- but the trick has been exposed and now LIE-berals face voter outrage- LIE-berals have badly over estimated their ability to calm the public with carbon crap!
Here is an article illustrating how LIE-berals use fake news- FOR THEIR benefit and OUR cost! With some comments of my own in brackets):
Wynne and Liberals excel at fake news
By Lorrie Goldstein, Toronto Sun. First posted: Saturday, April 15, 2017 07:54 PM EDT | Updated: Saturday, April 15, 2017 08:02 PM EDT
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and her cabinet ministers excel at alternative facts and fake news.
The latest example was Finance Minister Charles Sousa’s speech Thursday to The Empire Club, part of which boasted about how the Liberals saved Ontario’s electricity system by doing the heavy lifting needed to improve it.
As a result, Sousa said, Ontario’s electricity grid is now “the envy of North America” because the Liberals restored “integrity and reliability” to it, unlike neighbouring Canadian provinces and the rust belt states.
Simply put, what on Earth is Sousa talking about?
Hydro One controls the transmission of electricity through 29,000 km of hydro lines in Ontario and provides electricity to 1.3 million customers.
In her December, 2015 annual report, Ontario Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk said between 2010 and 2014, Hydro One customers experienced 24% more power outages, lasting 30% longer, while costs to run the system increased by 31%.
She described Hydro One as “consistently one of the least reliable among large Canadian electricity distributors”.
(LIE-berals scoff at anything Lysysk says these days about electricity- IN SPITE of it being LIE-berals who hired her away from Manitoba Hydro! Sounds like she IS equipped to comment on our electrical system in spite of those LIE-beral smears to the contrary!)
She said its maintenance backlog increased by 47% and power outages by 7%, between 2012 and 2014.
(This maintenance backlog grew in spite of MASSIVE INCREASES in the cost of electricity. I have said before that it looks like LIE-berals are using the Hydro file as a massive slush fund- dipping into Hydro cash to fund other pet projects-with NOBODY ALLOWED to look into Hydro books that have been CLOSED since LIE-berals sold part of the system to their FRIENDS!)
Lysyk reported the risk of power failures was increasing because Hydro One hadn’t replaced $4.5 billion in transmission assets, “that have exceeded their planned useful service life”.
(Example-the explison and fire in the Hydro transformer outside 20 King St. West in Toronto that left much of the financial district shut down-how would you like to be on the 50th floor when things go dark?)
In 2014, former Ontario ombudsman Andre Marin reported that trying to get straight answers out of Hydro One on its horrendous customer billing practices, following complaints by 10,000 customers, was like, “wrestling with a slippery pig”.
He said Hydro One had issued more than 100,000 incorrect bills, covering everything from unexplained billings, to “catch-up” bills, “estimated” bills, multiple bills and over-billing.
Wynne is now selling 60% of Hydro One to the private sector, putting it beyond the scrutiny of the auditor general and ombudsman.
Sousa said the government now realizes electricity rates are too high, which is why its cutting them by a total of 25% in June -by increasing the province’s debt to subsidize them.
(But the FIX may be in with this- if LIE-berals cut GENERATING COSTS then it will only affect a PORTION of our bills! To get a true 25 percent reduction they will also need to cut distribution costs as well. AND they have set us up to make it easy to reduce costs by going to MONTHLY billing- WHILE KEEPING the bi- monthly distribution costs-which amounts to a ONE THIRD INCREASE in price for the switch to monthly billing- talk about a windfall profit! If LIE-berals proceed with their price “reductions” as I fear then that 25 percent reduction may actually be an INCREASE of 10- 20 percent over what we paid in 2015! With “help” like this its no wonder LIE-berals have become HATED by Cdns!)
While Sousa didn’t mention it, prior to this announcement, the Liberals claimed electricity pricing in Ontario was in the middle of the pack compared to Canada and the US.
Hydro Quebec does an annual comparison of electricity rates in major cities, standardized for a monthly consumption of 1,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh), with all prices in Canadian currency.
Its 2016 survey found electricity prices for residential customers in Toronto of 17.81 cents per kilowatt/hour and in Ottawa of 16.15 cents per kilowatt/hour.
That was higher than in Vancouver -10.70; Calgary- 10.40; Edmonton- 10.37; Regina- 14.65; Winnipeg- 8.43; Montreal- 7.23; Halifax- 15.88; Moncton- 12.50; Charlottetown- 16.02; St. John’s- 11.96; Seattle- 13.62; Portland- 13.94; Chicago- 15.19; Nashville- 14.28; Houston- 11.25 and Miami- 11.67.
(OH my-YET MORE REASONS to call them LIE-berals! They would have to GENUINELY drop their hydro price by 10- 20 percent to get to “the middle of the pack”! But as we have seen-their 25 percent reduction may actually end up as a modest INCREASE over 2015 prices thanks to that former bi monthly distribution charge now being charged every month!)
The Toronto and Ottawa rates were lower than in San Francisco (31.05); Detroit (20.24); Boston (27.69) and New York (29.52).
Thus, according to Hydro Quebec’s major cities’ survey, Ontario’s residential electricity rates are the highest in Canada and only in the mid-range when you add in American cities.
(And this estimate may be optimistic depending on how LIE-berals roll out their alleged 25 percent possible reduction! MORE LIE-beral news may skew the numbers yet again! And ofc course there is the HUGE QUESTION of what will happen in 2018 if LIE-berals win the next election? If the 55 percent of cdns who sleep through elections continue their non participation and allow another eldction to be hijacked by civil service Hogs then there will be No stopping LIE-berals as they price gouge to their hearts content! 2019 may be the year Ontari-owe goes stony broke thanks to LIE-beral vote buying!)
An accurate statement in Sousa’s Empire Club speech regarding hydro was that the system needed upgrading when the Liberals came into power in 2003 because of past neglect by governments of all stripes, including Liberals.
But much of it was firmly in the realm of alternative facts and fake news.
lgoldstein at postmedia