Scott Marshall Blogs

Hello, I'm Scott Marshall and welcome to the Marshall Blogs.  Opinions expressed here are my own and not representative of or endorsed by the Ontario Libertarian Party (OLP).  That said, I am a member of the OLP and a former (2014) candidate in the district of Perth-Wellington. My political profile page can be found here 085 Perth-Wellington.

In Part I of this series, we'll take a look at several of the top earners in the Crown Agencies sector of this years Sunshine List (Public sector salary disclosure) and see if they've made out like bandits on the public's dime over the past couple of years.  Spoiler Alert ... most haven't!  Math Checker ... most is not = to all.

As everyone in Ontario is surely aware (unless you live in a cave of course) the government has mishandled the energy file (Hydro in particular) in ways that are almost beyond belief.


Bonnie Lysyk

"Ontario’s electricity consumers are being zapped for tens of billions of dollars due to overpriced green energy, poor government planning, and shoddy service from Hydro One, says auditor general Bonnie Lysyk.

In her annual report, she concluded ratepayers forked out $37 billion more than necessary from 2006 to 2014 and will spend an additional $133 billion by 2032 due to global adjustment electricity fees on hydro bills."

- Toronto Star, Dec. 2, 2015


One of the key planks in the 2018 Platform of the Ontario Libertarian Party is to "Cut your hydro bill in half" through a number of methods including:

  • repeal the Green Energy Act
  • eliminate time of use billing
  • end discriminatory delivery charges crushing rural residents
  • remove all subsidized power from the grid
  • terminate for convenience all subsidized generation contracts
  • transfer off the Hydro books all termination costs including past gas plant termination costs. Hydro customers will not be made to pay for the Government boondoggles.
  • terminate all Liberal Government appointees from all boards and electricity related entities

Many people don't believe or understand the 5th point about terminating all subsidized generation contracts because of ... "but they have a contract!"

I think the key phrase in this is "for convenience."  After all, it doesn't seem to be very smart to potentially hose the ratepayers an overcharge of $170 billion just because of incredibly bad decisions.

“Termination for convenience” refers to the exercise of the government’s right to bring to an end the performance of all or part of the work provided for under a contract prior to the expiration of the contract “when it is in the Government’s interest” to do so.

I'd hope it would be in the interest of any government to terminate all contracts that have been so poorly crafted that it leaves so many people making the choice between eating or turning on the lights or even worse, the heat in the dead of winter. Good Grief. frown

Tear that shit up!

So can or should this be done?  Well, here's an interesting report from the Fraser Institute released in October 2014 that shares a bit of insight and well worth taking a look at.

Would the Ontario Libertarian Party ... Cut your hydro bill in half?

Absolutely!!!

 

Introduction

A few sure signs of spring's arrival in Ontario are migrating birds returning, trees beginning to bud, daylight is sticking around a bit longer and the warming glow of more sunshine. Speaking of sunshine, March 31st also marks the return of our annual glimpse of how the Provincial Government's employees (and others paid with tax dollars) fared during the last calendar year, this time for 2016.

As many of you would know, the annual Sunshine List is a report of everyone earning $100k a year on the Ontario taxpayer's dime.  First introduced by the Harris government back in 1996 it has become an annual beacon for those wanting to see how the public sector is being treated. I've seen it reported that in today's dollars the cutoff should have been raised to about $150k but the truth is that $100 grand is still a pretty good wage and by maintaining the same disclosure you are able to shake your head even more at some of the positions that are able to earn this kind of money.  A bit more on this later in this series.

For the most part, other than a couple of welcome contributors (Gene Balfour and Let's Fix Hydro), I'm finding and  creating most of the content found on this site so far.  Don't get me wrong I'm not complaining because I enjoy doing it and believe it makes a small positive contribution towards getting a message out there.

That message in case you missed it is simply this.

Big Government is not the answer to everything we deem to be a problem in our society.

As a matter of fact, government tends to seek out perceived problems no matter how small and even goes out of their way to amplify non-problems at times just so they can rush in and been seen as the saviour. This activity seldom accomplishes much more than creating even bigger government, adding more restrictions on our freedoms and increasing costs far beyond what taxpayers can afford.

The other side of that coin of course is that the more laws and regulations the government imposes, the higher the costs for the citizens to comply which in turn raises the cost of everything related.

Anyway, thanks for visiting. There are lots of topics to be discussed if you have any questions about content that is found on these pages, please contact me.  I'm always happy to talk about it.

Cheers!

As I look out the office window this morning there is a light dusting of snow on the cars and the weather forecast is calling for the temperatures to drop as mother nature delivers a few light flurries followed by lake effect snowsqualls later in the day and overnight. Yuck!

There are 453 days left until the next general election in Ontario which may sound like a long time but will be here before you know it.  Spring, summer, fall, winter and late spring ... I'll be checking them off with anticipation.

This section of the website will be dedicated to my random musings and rambling about just about anything, often personal in nature.

We have some exciting developments in the works so stay tuned. Thanks for visiting.

- Scott

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