A billboard campaign has been launched in London in protest of high electricity rates. The initiative is brought on by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, who are asking for a repeal of the new carbon tax.
Ontario Director, Christine Van Geyn says they have one main goal for their initiative.
“We want to get people involved get them to pay attention and get them to let their politicians know our electricity bills are out of control in this province.”
She says the new tax will affect everyone, from homes, to businesses, to hospitals.
“We found that in the past five years electricity bills for London Health Sciences has gone up by $2.4 million. Just imagine what the hospital could have spent that money on if they weren’t spending it on extra electricity bills.”
Ontario’s Liberals are imposing a cap-and-trade system, which has added 4.3 cents per litre to the price of gas and about $80 a year to natural gas home heating costs since January 2017.
Van Geyn says some green initiatives, such as wind turbines, aren’t working.
“It’s not a sustainable energy policy and the jobs are not arriving the way we were promised so it’s just going to be more of the same with the cap-and-trade program. These politicians here in the Ontrio government, we can’t take them at their word anymore with these promises.”
The first billboard has been unveiled at a bus stop behind the office of London North Centre MPP Deb Matthews, and Van Geyn hopes it’ll spark Londoners to contact their local member of parliament to have their voices heard.