Hydro One’s purchase of U.S. utility puts empire building ahead of Ontario rate payers

TORONTO, ON – Hydro One’s purchase of U.S. gas and electricity utility, Avista, saddles the company with $6 billion in new debt that puts Ontario rate payers at risk of further rate increases, says CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn. “If you needed proof that privatizing Hydro One is bad for the people of Ontario, this…

Government argues parliamentary privilege should protect Premier from being accountable to the court

TORONTO, ON (June 12, 2017) – In an attempt to have the lawsuit against the Premier and Ministers of Finance and Energy dismissed before even going to trial, government lawyers argued in court today that the three were protected from any wrong doing because they are protected by parliamentary privilege.   Claiming the courts should…

FAO confirms balancing budget with one time sale of Hydro One will worsen Ontario’s long-term outlook

TORONTO, ON – The new economic report released today from the Financial Accountability Office of Ontario (FAO) confirms what we have been saying for years now – the Ontario Liberal government acted irresponsibly when it sold off shares in Hydro One to balance their pre-election budget, says CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn. “Premier Wynne’s decision…

Sell-off of more Hydro One shares is a slap in the face to every Ontarian

TORONTO, ON – Today’s announcement that Ontario’s Liberal government is selling off yet another block of Hydro One shares, is a slap in the face to the people of this province. It makes it very clear they do not care what voters want, says Fred Hahn, president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE Ontario)…

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Ontario residents march in solidarity with Libby Keenan to stop privatization of Hydro One!

TORONTO – Ontario residents continue to take political action and demand affordable, accountable, and publicly owned Hydro. Farmer Libby Keenan has joined this movement and she will march to Queen’s Park with community groups, labour organizations, small business owners and hundreds of Ontario residents to demand that the Ontario Government halt hydro privatization. 70% of…

Listen to the People and Keep Hydro Public: Gates, Hahn to Wynne

Niagara Falls, ON – Concerned Ontarians gathered tonight by the Falls, a cornerstone of Ontario’s public power system to call on Kathleen Wynne to keep hydro in public hands.   NDP MPP (Niagara Falls) and Infrastructure critic Wayne Gates spoke at the rally. “Here in Niagara, we know that public power is our legacy. And…

Niagara Falls to Kathleen Wynne: Keep Hydro Public

Member of Provincial Parliament Wayne Gates and CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn will be speaking at a rally in Niagara Falls Thursday night.   The Wynne Liberals’ privatization of Hydro One has led to skyrocketing hydro prices and mounting public pressure.   The rally comes days after both the NDP and the Liberals released plans…

Government’s hydro bill reduction plan a cynical shell game, says CUPE Ontario president

TORONTO, ON – Electricity consumers deserve to know that they are being played by a scheme that will see them charged just as much over a longer period of time, CUPE Ontario president Fred Hahn said today in reaction to Premier Kathleen Wynne’s response to prolonged public outcry over rising hydro bills. “This plan fails…

Premier is attempting to avoid public trial in Hydro One suit

TORONTO, ON – The Premier and Ministers of Finance and Energy have finally responded to the misfeasance suit, filed against them for wrong doing in the sale of shares in Hydro One, with an attempt to avoid a public trial, says Fred Hahn, President of CUPE Ontario and one of the plaintiffs in the suit…

People of Peterborough betrayed by Council vote to recommend PDI sale

PETERBOROUGH, ON – Despite the fact that 90 percent of people in Peterborough are strongly opposed to the sell-off of the city’s electricity provider, council voted to recommend the sale of PDI in a six to five vote that betrayed the voters that elected them. “The people of Peterborough don’t want this. Navigant, the City’s…