By Robert Benzie
March 20th, 2010
Ontario electricity customers will soon be slapped with an additional tax to cover $53 million of the Liberal government’s new conservation and green energy programs, the Star has learned.
The levy will appear on hydro bills just as the 13 per cent harmonized sales tax is about to be charged and as smart meters are being phased in, which one industry insider described as “a perfect storm” for consumers already rattled by rising energy costs.
“When you combine this new charge with HST and soaring costs due in part to smart meters, it’s the perfect storm for consumers,” said one industry official.