Pre-budget meetings are on this week across the province. The all party committee includes Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli. Fedeli is expecting a cross section of people including those who are having a tough time making ends meet because of expensive hydro. Fedeli says that was the case two years ago when a young Ottawa woman on welfare explained how high power rates have affected her lifestyle.
Fedeli says the woman’s name is Jennifer and each day she would turn the hydro off when she wakes up at 6:00am. She would turn the power back on from noon to 3:00pm, then off again until 7:00pm. Fedeli says this is energy poverty and he’s certain he’ll see more cases like this again this week. On Thursday, the committee meets in Sault Ste. Marie to hear from residents of Northeastern Ontario.