“Right now, we’re losing millions upon millions of dollars to privatization,” she said. “If we invested that money instead in our health care, our schools, and our social services, imagine the kind of community we could have.” — Sara Labelle, OPSEU Region 3 Vice-President
“Toronto Hydro, just like Hydro One, provides real value to the public. It meets an important need, and the profits that it generates help to pay for the public services we all rely on." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“Kathleen Wynne’s sudden interest in the needs of everyday Ontarians is all about her political survival, nothing more." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas.
“Individuals and companies profiting from privatization know that donations to parties that support privatization will be rewarded in the form of more and larger privatization deals.” — James Clancy, NUPGE National President
"Kathleen Wynne supported Justin Trudeau when he said he’d sell $15 billion in arms to Saudi Arabia. Now Trudeau is supporting Wynne as she sells off the jewel in Ontario’s crown. They’re both responsible. They’re both answerable." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
A new poll shows 83 per cent of Ontario voters oppose Premier Wynne’s plan to sell 60 per cent of Hydro One, and half say they are less likely to vote for Liberal candidates in the upcoming federal election because of it.
“The people of Ontario need to let the Liberals know what they think, and the best place to do that is at the ballot box.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
Even though privatization was clearly in the planning stages, the provincial Liberals made no mention of it during the last election.
"The numbers make it clear that Premier Wynne and the citizens she serves are not on the same page when it comes to critical public policy issues." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
In every case, the group of (partly or wholly) privately owned utilities performed worse than the wholly publicly owned utilities. There is no evidence of private ownership leading to cost savings.