Liberal Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli should resign – by Christina Blizzard (Toronto Sun – December 10, 2014)

TORONTO – Not only should Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli resign. He will resign. His performance Tuesday as he slammed provincial auditor general Bonnie Lysyk was shocking.

Now that voters have given the Liberals a majority, they’ve become arrogant. In my years at Queen’s Park, I’ve never seen a politician suggest an auditor got it wrong.

Lysyk had just released her annual report, which included a scathing review on the smart meter program. Chiarelli’s response was the political equivalent of patting her on the head, telling her it’s complicated and, well, what does she know.

Asked why we would believe a politician’s figures over those of an independent officer of the legislature, Chiarelli got testy, suggesting the electricity system was too complicated for her to understand.

“Why are my numbers more credible than hers? First, the electricity system is very complex, is very difficult to understand,” Chiarelli told reporters.

He said senior managers with various hydro agencies sat down with representatives for the auditor to discuss her numbers. “At the end of the day we decided that the objective thing to do was to put our interpretation out to the public.”

I have news for Chiarelli. Beleaguered homeowners know exactly what “interpretation” they’ll believe. And it’s the auditor’s.

Every time they open their hydro bills and are confronted with massive sums owed, they know who got it right.

Lysyk painted a sorry picture of how your hydro bill ran so far out of control.

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