That would be the Premier of the Province of Ontario, Dalton McGuinty. He has a new plan to get us to buy cars made by GM, the company bailed out by our/my tax money. Nice...
So let me get this right. Not only do the residents of Ontario own part of the automobile industry with the huge bailouts, our genius provincial government of the day run by Premier Dalton McGuinty is bribing us with up to $10,000 rebates
if we buy an electric car from said auto makers. Good one... where does he get the money to give us rebates? Well from our tax money of course. How many times do we have to pay to keep these car companies in business?
There's a couple of things wrong with this plan of his in my mind. First and foremost, the charge on these vehicles doesn't get you very far and there are no charging stations anywhere yet and no real concrete plans to where they will be. So you'd really only be able to use this car in and around the city. Forget using it to get up to our cabin in the woods which is about 225 km away.
The second problem is the little issue of the cost of electricity which is quite expensive now that we have smart meters with time of day pricing
here in Ontario. Heck I'm already doing my laundry and dishes in the middle of the night. Come winter I'll have to turn my furnace off in the daytime and heat only at night and McGuinty wants us to buy electric cars. I'm already dreading this months hydro bill even though I've been so careful.
This man is looking for ways to part us with our money. Hydro is a public utility and the more we use the more money in the kitty. He's also recently suspended plans for a new nuclear power plant in Ontario and the current ones are pretty old and only produce about fifty percent of our power needs. Where does the rest come from? Burning coal maybe?
This is the same man who said he wouldn't raise taxes as part of his election promise and within one month slapped us with the biggest tax ever disguised as a health care premium. He is also combining the provincial sales tax and GST next summer which means everything will be taxed. Right now there are many things where there is no PST payable such as real estate fees, lawyers fees, and home renovations just to name a few.
If you want to buy an electric car go for it. I don't have a single objection. What I do object to and very strongly is that it is my tax dollars that will subsidize it and that is patently unfair.
Here are the old summer electricity rates that residential users without activated smart meters pay:
5.7 ¢/kWh for the first 600 kWh in a month
6.6 ¢/kWh for each additional kWh
Of course, this is only the cost for the electricity, excluded are transmission charges, distribution charges,
Here are the new "Smart-Meter" summer electricity rates for Toronto (and the rest of Ontario):
Week-ends and holidays: 4.2 ¢/kWh
|7 am to 11 am ||7.6¢/kWh |
|11 am to 5 pm ||9.1¢/kWh |
|5 pm to 10 pm ||7.6¢/kWh |
|10 pm to 7 am ||4.2¢/kWh |
Conclusions on Smart Meters and Ontario Electricity Pricing
To be honest, based on my gut instinct, I'm calling this a (temporary) stealth price increase.
So what's the next thing he'll come up with ... maybe flying cars. Just 72 hours to go until this miserable cast comes off my foot...
Labels: Politics, taxes