In today's paper, I published a piece outlining my frustration with our government's energy policy. Essentially, they cancelled a program designed to help Canadians be more energy-efficient right around the same time the provinces jacked electricity rates through the roof. Nice. Here's the piece:
Energy program cancellation a shockYour turn: What kind of message does this decision send to our population? What's your government's energy policy where you live?
Published Wednesday, May 17, 2006
The London Free Press
One of the outcomes of the May 2 federal budget is a shocker: the feds don't want us to save energy. They cancelled funding for EnerGuide for Homes, a program that provided grants averaging $737 to homeowners who made their homes more energy efficient. A similar program aimed at helping low-income households was also axed.
Perhaps they hoped to avoid controversy by officially confirming the program's death last weekend on an obscure government website.
As energy costs skyrocket to historic highs, it is incomprehensible that any government would dare to reduce its efforts to help Canadians consume less. Governments must be leaders in encouraging citizens to maximize their energy investments.
There is, however, a silver lining: Ottawa says the Quebec and New Brunswick governments will pick up the tab for future grants.
The Ontario government should follow suit. Citizens are having trouble keeping their homes lit and warm. They want to save energy. Would someone in Queens Park let us know that our government is working on a resolution?