Ontario Energy Minister Glen Thibeault has acknowledged that his government spent $11.7 million of their Hydro rebate plan on consultants and advertising and they are justifiably taking some heat for it.
Thibeault defends the action, suggesting that the government had to make consumers aware that the rebate program existed in order for them to apply for the rebate.
That sounds reasonable on the surface, but let’s not forget that the Energy Ministry already has a massive advertising budget for radio and TV ads and those infernal pamphlets that come with our hydro bills.
A government that preaches fiscal belt tightening could have re-allocated some of the existing budget for the rebate marketing campaign.
And then there are the consultants; the government spent $9 million on consultants to tell them how to roll out the program.
We already pay a large number of civil servants in that Ministry to administer government programs.
Are they telling us that none of those civil servants already on the payroll are capable of doing this job ?
Money that should have gone into the hands of desperate, cash strapped hydro customers , instead went to government consultants.
It’s become a familiar story with this government and Ontario taxpayers are getting tired of hearing it.