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McGuinty accused of hiding electricity report

The Opposition is demanding that Premier Dalton McGuinty come clean and release a report on future electricity costs amid fears that soaring hydro bills are heading even higher.

The Opposition is demanding that Premier Dalton McGuinty come clean and release a report on future electricity costs amid fears that soaring hydro bills are heading even higher.

The Ontario Energy Board acknowledged in a Sept. 17 letter that it conducted a “preliminary analysis and forecast” of electricity costs, but doesn’t plan on making it public.

The Conservatives, who uncovered the letter, asked McGuinty 10 times in the legislature whether he would make the report public.

But the premier refused to acknowledge the existence of the OEB report and instead kept bringing up the former Tory government’s record on hydro rates.

“The fact of the matter is that they quietly presided over the gradual decay of the electricity system in the province of Ontario,” McGuinty told the legislature.

“They refused to make essential investments in new generation and in new transmission. They refused to work with Ontarians so that we might together conserve electricity and reduce demand.”

But the premier’s refusal to make the report public suggests he’s concealing evidence that hydro rates are going up, said Opposition Leader Tim Hudak.

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