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National Observer

The Ontario Green Party and environmental groups are calling for an investigation into Premier Doug Ford’s government’s decision to override an independent regulator to help Enbridge lock-in gas customers for decades to come.

In a May 7 letter to Ontario auditor general Shelley Spence, Ontario Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner said there were sound reasons behind an Ontario Energy Board (OEB) decision that shot down Enbridge’s proposal to pay for a massive gas network expansion using money collected from existing customers through utility rates for 40 years.

“The OEB outlined extensive evidence … that factored in affordability, the economy and the climate,” the letter reads. “The government’s unprecedented choice to overturn a decision by an independent body sets a concerning precedent.

“For these reasons, I am requesting that your office conduct a value for money audit and review of the financial and environmental costs of this government’s decision.”