Hydro prices across the country have recently skyrocketed, leaving many many unable to keep a roof over their families’ heads.
Meanwhile, our Prime Minister accepts lavish gifts from fellow world leaders in the form of island vacations, and sees no problem jetting off across the world on a whim while Canadians continue to suffer.
As part of his cross-country tour, Prime Minister Trudeau stopped in Peterborough, Ontario on Friday for a town hall forum. What he was met with, however, was a heartbreaking recount of one woman’s struggle to stay afloat amidst ever-increasing energy costs.
Kathy Katula of Buckhorn, Ontario stood up from the crowd and fought through tears to tell Trudeau that she, living in a single person home, recently had to pay a hydro bill of $1085.
An emotional Katula pleaded with Trudeau to fix the hydro crisis, saying:
“My heat and hydro cost me more than my mortgage. I now not only work 75 hours a week, I stay and work 15 hours a day so I don’t lose my home.”
Although the provinces are responsible for managing hydro prices, Trudeau’s government has placed a tax on carbon pollution to “fight climate change.”
Trudeau told Katula and the rest of the town hall crowd:
“Hydro bills are provincial, but as you point out the federal government’s decision to put a price on carbon is something we have moved forward with and it’s one that is causing consternation amongst a broad range of people.”
Trudeau announced that he will allow provinces to decide on carbon pricing, of which B.C., Alberta, Quebec and Ontario have already begun planning.
Trudeau defended the rising costs of energy prices by telling the crowd that “we need to get off fossil fuels. We need to make this transition. We need to start protecting our lakes, waters, rivers, streams, our lands, our children’s future. And that means we are going to have to go through a shift period.”
This, coming from the man who uses a private jet at his leisure.
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has faced substantial outrage from Ontarians who are distraught over the absurd increases in hydro prices. In fact, Wynne’s government removed the 8 percent provincial HST tax on all Ontario hydro bills, effective January 1, 2017. This cut, however, is only expected to save the average household around $130 a year, forcing many Canadians, such as Katula, to urge the government for bigger changes.
Watch the clip below, via YouTube:
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