More than 3,000 Ontarians tuned in to a telephone town hall hosted by the We Own It campaign last week to discuss the negative impact privatization is having in communities across the province.
Among the topics discussed during the call was the soaring cost of hydro rates. Joining the call was Libby Keenan, a horse breeder from outside Windsor, whose outraged Facebook post about her own skyrocketing hydro bill landed her headlines across the province and a meeting with Premier Kathleen Wynne in January.
Keenan has signed up to support the We Own It campaign and says she thinks the privatization of hydro is a big part of our problem. “I've learned a whole lot about privatization over the past couple of months. If we keep privatizing, the only people who will be able to afford to live here will be the rich.”
The We Own It campaign, supported by thousands of Ontarians across the province, is calling for the government to reverse the sell-off of Hydro One.
On the call, participants also discussed how private bottling of water by multinational companies like Nestlé is undermining confidence in public tap water to drive up profits.