Queen's Park: Conservative Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek is using
Question Period in the Legislature to take aim at policies and performance of the
Problems at EMDC Continue
November 4, 2013: Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek rose in the legislature
today to question the Minister of Correction Services on her Ministry's response
to the Friday morning death of an inmate at the Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre.
Since being elected in 2011, Mr. Yurek has put pressure on the Minister to improve
the conditions at the jail. In addition to Friday's death, a number of beatings
and melees have occurred in the past year and half that have highlighted the dangers
and risks faced by inmates, correctional officers, and other front-line workers
at the jail.
"In the past 10 years, we've gotten a pretty good idea of how this government operates,"
said Yurek following question period. "This government reacts to problems instead
of trying to prevent them. Particularly in a Ministry where lives are on the line,
we need a Minister that acts proactively to mitigate any risk factors before they
become a big problem."
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Electricity Rates Continue to Rise
As of November 1, 2013 energy users in the province of Ontario will be paying 3%
more for electricity. This equates to an extra $4 every month per household.
During peak hours, consumers will now pay 12.9 cents per kilowatt hour. The Ontario
Energy Board - which sets prices for energy in Ontario - attributed the increase
in part to the growing proportion of green energy to the supply mix.
"When you provide rich subsidies for uneconomical green energy projects, retail
prices for energy are going to go up; that's unavoidable," said Elgin-Middlesex-London
MPP Jeff Yurek. "The real question is why does this government stubbornly stick
to its ill-conceived Green Energy Act?"
Of the 12.9 cents per kilowatt hour to be paid by electricity consumers, the global
adjustment is expected to contribute 6.23 cents. The global adjustment - although
not expressed as a line item on household electricity bills - is a cost included
in electricity rates that represents the difference between the market rate and
the subsidized rate the government pays for energy.
"When this government took power, electricity rates hovered around 4 cents per kilowatt
hour," noted Yurek. "They've now more than doubled, making hydro rates in Ontario
the second highest in North America."
While households continue to struggle with the rising costs of living, high energy
rates have major implications for businesses. A recent Canadian Federation of Independent
Business survey showed 49 per cent of its Ontario members identified energy as a
major cost constraint.
"We have a province with 600,000 people unemployed who must stretch their household
budgets amid rising energy costs and businesses that are hesitant to hire because
their energy costs are so high. If this government was serious about job creation
and economic growth, they'd quit subsidizing green energy projects and develop a
plan to bring energy rates down," concluded Yurek.