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Ontario Government Releases Fall Economic Statement

Published by CME webmaster on November 18, 2010

The Ontario Government’s fall economic statement today and measures to address the province’s rising electricity costs will electrify some manufacturers and turn the lights out on others, according to Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters Ontario (CME Ontario).
“The measures to reduce business costs are welcomed,” said Ian Howcroft, vice president of CME Ontario. “However, the government’s approach leaves out a significant number of manufacturers that are at the greatest risk of higher electricity costs – manufacturers that are the key drivers of economic growth in Ontario.”
CME Ontario supports green energy solutions but these have to be pursued in a balanced way to ensure we are not jeopardizing our economy and our standard of living.
“Manufacturers need competitive electricity rates in order to compete on a North American and increasingly global basis,” added Howcroft. “Moving forward we need to establish clear and consistent policies that will result in rates that are affordable, competitive and sustainable.”
CME Ontario will continue to work with the government on the Long-Term Energy Plan to develop a holistic approach that will consider the total bill impact of energy policy, and work to ensure that costs are given full consideration in the plan.
“We are pleased that Ontario’s fiscal picture is improving; however, there is still a significant amount of uncertainty and challenges that are of great concern to Ontario’s manufacturers.”
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