NDPs outline policy on electricity rates
New Democrat Leader James Rod accused Liberal leader Robert Ghiz and Energy Minister Richard Brown of failing Islanders when it comes to electricity rates.
"The Liberal government has mishandled numerous opportunities to deliver more competitive power rates for Islanders," Rodd said in a release.
"Starting with its early attempt to hitch the province’s power wagon to another failed Liberal government, [and] the former Shawn Graham administration in New Brunswick."
Lower Churchill Falls deal
Rodd said that led to P.E.I.'s failure to be at the table with Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Danny Williams when the Lower Churchill Falls deal was inked.
"This agreement will deliver lower long-term power rates to Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador but not to P.E.I."
Rodd said life would continue to be less affordable for families as electricity rates rise.
He also said local businesses wouldn’t be able to compete against other Atlantic firms, leading to limited business development and jobs.
He also wants to rework wind farm royalties so that money can go to taxpayers, not shareholders.
Rodd said he really wants to sit down with the premiers of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador to ensure P.E.I. is guaranteed long-term access to affordable hydro power from the Lower Churchill Falls development.
He said if his party was in power, they would seek a long-term contract of at least 25 years to guarantee low-electricity rates.
"That’s a much more appropriate and pro-active approach than the Liberals’ cynical move to buy rate reductions with millions of taxpayer dollars."
Rodd said that the NDP plan would deliver lower electricity rates over time and keep them that way while creating new opportunities for households, farmers and small businesses to become power generators.
He said P.E.I. is too dependent on fossil fuels, and there’s only a two-week backup plan of Bunker C fuel oil if things were to get "nasty on the global oil scene."
"This is a very risky path that the Liberals are leading the province down. One has to wonder if the lights are already out at the Premier’s office," he said.