Chamber hosts the Parliamentary Assistant to Ontario’s Minister of Energy for ‘roundtable’ discussion

Business leaders sound off on pressures in the wake of government plan to cut residential rates

Pictured at a meeting of business leaders gathered to discuss energy issues on Friday are Michael Kooy, Chair of the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce, Bob Delaney, MPP and Parliamentary Secretary for the Minister of Energy, and Shirley de Silva, CEO of the Chamber.

The Parliamentary Assistant to Ontario’s Minister of Energy was in Sarnia on Friday for a roundtable discussion with members of the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce.

The noon hour gathering, which was held at the Chamber office at 556 Christina St., Sarnia, was attended by several Chamber members, all of whom had the opportunity of voicing their thoughts on electricity costs.

Bob Delaney, MPP for Mississauga-Streetsville, who serves as Parliamentary Assistant to the Honourable Glenn Thibeault, Minister of Energy, spoke briefly to attendees about the Ontario government’s “Fair Hydro Plan,” which was announced earlier this month. Delaney then took questions and spoke with those in attendance.

One of those attending was Kathleen Mundy, who serves on the Chamber’s Board of Directors and Energy Committee, and is owner of several area Little Caesar’s Pizza locations,.

“The concerns we have are around electricity costs that are such a proportionally high part of our costs and which impact on our bottom line, shrinking it to the point where there’s no fun in being a small business anymore,” said Mundy.

Shirley de Silva, the Chamber’s President and CEO, said Friday’s visit was the second involving political representatives in recent weeks, the first being from Andrea Horwath, head of the Ontario New Democratic Party, who visited at the end of February.

“This initiative fits with our overall mission, which is to facilitate discussions in our role as both an advocate for business and an organization of influence,” said de Silva. “Government representatives and politicians from all parties recognize our role and it’s one that we take very seriously.”

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