OWA congratulates new Ontario Progressive Conservative government

Made in Ontario waterpower is the backbone of a reliable, affordable electricity system

(June 8th – Peterborough, ON) The Ontario Waterpower Association (OWA) congratulates Premier designate Doug Ford and the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario (PCs) in their electoral success in the formation of a majority government. The industry looks forward to contributing to the new government’s jobs and prosperity agenda.

“I want to congratulate all the newly elected or re-elected Members of Provincial Parliament,” said Paul Norris, President of the OWA. “The new government has a clear mandate and I am confident that waterpower can play an important role in contributing to policy objectives.”

In yesterday’s election, the PCs secured 76 seats (40.64% of the popular vote), the New Democratic Party 40 seats (33.69%), the Liberals 7 seats (19.3%), and the Green Party 1 seat (4.62%). With the legislature scheduled to re-convene in September, it will be a busy summer as the new government appoints a cabinet and parliamentary assistants, and establishes legislative and policy priorities for the fall session.

Waterpower facilities can be maintained indefinitely, reducing electricity costs over time. There are more than 220 waterpower facilities across the province responsible for one quarter of Ontario’s electricity supply.  Despite the widespread perception that Ontario has too much electricity, the reality is that, as early as 2024, the province will face a shortfall due in large part to the retirement of nuclear assets. When given a choice among options, the public strongly supports the expansion of waterpower to meet future needs.

The OWA was founded in 2001 to represent the common and collective interests of the province’s original green energy sector – waterpower. More than 160 members are committed to advancing responsible resource management and sustainable development. www.owa.ca.

-30-

To schedule interviews contact:

Stephanie Landers, Communications and Public Relations Advisor
Ontario Waterpower Association
866-743-1500 ext. 25

slanders@owa.ca