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Tories Challenge McGuinty Liberals

Regional | by Peter Jackson  

Industry, farm and labour reps tell forum they're looking for stability in energy costs.

The Progressive Conservative party continues to chase the McGuinty government on the cost of generating and distributing electricity.

Sarnia-Lambton Tory MPP Bob Bailey chaired a PC energy forum at the University of Western Ontario's Sarnia Research Park this week.

Representatives from industry, agriculture and organized labour told the forum they're looking for stability in future energy costs and regulations.

They also called for long-term guarantees on the price of energy.

There was broad agreement at the session that green energy is the way to go in the future.

Bailey says forum participants support alternative energy sources as long as the electricity they produce is sold at predictable prices which don't hamper the cost of doing business.

Bailey also touched on visits to Liberal-held ridings like Huron-Bruce by members of the Tory caucus.

He says he and his PC caucus colleagues will keep up the visits to get the word out on the extension of the debt retirement charge on our hydro bills through 2018.

He points out that the charge is subject to the harmonized Sales Tax which the Tories will also target during the upcoming campaign for the October 6th election.

Tory MPP's Ernie Hardeman and Jim Wilson have made recent appearances in Goderich to spread the party's word on energy costs and policy.


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