It is uncontroversial to call Ontario’s energy situation a disaster. As Premier Kathleen Wynne has herself conceded: Ontarians are now having to “choose between paying the electricity bill and buying food or paying rent.”
Wynne’s polling numbers suggest that most Ontarians know where to square the blame, with a pitiful 15 per cent approval rating and 58 per cent of the electorate believing she should resign.
However, Wynne alone shouldn’t bear the burden for the fact that hydro bills for the average consumer have skyrocketed over recent years; it was former premier Dalton McGuinty and his Liberal team from 2003 to 2012 — including his former principal secretary and “policy guru” Gerald Butts — who set Ontario on this financially bleak, dead-end road. And now, Butts is headed on the same path, leading not the premier, but the prime minister, on the way down.