Ontario’s energy minister facing some ire at Queens Park after it was revealed that money set aside for lower income electricity customers, went elsewhere.
Glenn Thibeault on the defensive after $11.7 million was spent on consultants and advertising for its financial aid program for low-income Hydro customers.
Patrick Brown and and the Conservatives accuse the Liberals of badly mismanaging the Ontario Electricity Support Program, since 98% of the total program budget went to consultants, publications, media and advertising.
“Of that $12 million, $9 million went to consultants.” said Brown “That’s $9 million that went to high priced consultants instead of families that need it the most.”
Energy Minister Thibeault defended the move saying it was essential for the government to make people aware of the on-bill credits, which he believes are “very significant.”
Thibeault added that the promotions campaign allowed for more than 230-thousand applications for the hydro discounts.
"The OESP is a rebate for low income households. And of that $12 million spent on the OESP, $9 million went to consultants." @brownbarrie
— Ontario PC (@OntarioPCParty) October 18, 2016