Wilson once again questions Liberals over executive compensation at Hydro OnePublished on April 23, 2018
Today in Question Period, Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson was pleased to once again question the government over executive compensation at Hydro One.
You can watch a video of the exchange or read Hansard below.
Ontario Hansard - April 23, 2018
Mr. Jim Wilson: My question is to the Minister of Energy. Yesterday Hydro One’s chair released a statement on their egregious $10-million severance package for their six-million-dollar man.
Did the Premier or minister instruct Hydro One to release that statement and did they coordinate the statement with Hydro One? Yes or no, Minister.
Hon. Glenn Thibeault: Again, the board is an entity that works on its own. I wasn’t aware that they were releasing that statement.
But when it comes to Hydro One’s governance agreement, Mr. Speaker, as I said, that’s also publicly available and we urge the Conservatives to read that.
The Speaker (Hon. Dave Levac): Supplementary?
Mr. Jim Wilson: Mr. Speaker, that’s the fourth question today in which the minister has been asked what he knew about the $10-million severance package for the six-million-dollar man, when he knew it, and whether this was a coordinated effort between Hydro One and the government. I can’t believe, as a former energy minister, that your hydro company wouldn’t inform you back in November about such a significant change in the rules of the game over there at Hydro One.
Minister, last week the Premier walked out and you ran away from a scrum. I want to know what you’re hiding, why you would walk away from a scrum and why you’re not being forthright with the people of Ontario.
The Speaker (Hon. Dave Levac): Be seated, please. The member will withdraw.
Mr. Jim Wilson: Withdraw.
The Speaker (Hon. Dave Levac): Thank you.
Hon. Glenn Thibeault: I once again was very happy to answer questions to the media and stay there for about 10 minutes. The only person I know who is doing the Doug-and-dash, as it’s starting to get known within media circles, is the leader of the Conservatives, who makes sure he answers one question and then disappears in the bus or actually makes the announcement that he’s going to fire the CEO and then leaves it to the member from Prince Edward–Hastings to answer those questions.
I don’t have a problem actually talking about our government’s record of making sure that we brought forward the fair hydro plan that reduced rates by 25%. I know that they sneakily snuck that into their—
The Speaker (Hon. Dave Levac): Answer.
Hon. Glenn Thibeault: Sneakily snuck; they’re new words.
They snuck it into the People’s Guarantee and then tossed it aside. You know what, Mr. Speaker?
The Speaker (Hon. Dave Levac): Thank you. I try not to become emotionally involved in any of these kinds of things. That one got me.
New question? Member from Essex.