The proposed sale of Hydro One, along with the rest of the 2015 Ontario Budget, will be brought to a legislative committee for hearings. This is the only time the government is giving the people of Ontario the chance to tell it face-to-face what we think of the Hydro One sell-off.
Any member of the public or organization can sign up to make a presentation to the Committee, which will have representatives from the government and both opposition parties.
To sign up to make a presentation, simply email the Clerk’s office, attention Katch Koch at email@example.com. Presenters will be called to speak in the order they sign up.
Frustratingly, the government is only holding these hearings in Toronto.
What to expect when you go to present:
You will have 5 minutes to make your presentation. The chair of the committee will cut you off after 5 minutes. Following your presentation, committee members have an opportunity to ask you questions. They have 3 minutes each. Don’t be intimidated – most members will ask you easy questions, or allow you to expand on a point from your presentation.
If you have speaking notes, bring a copy. The staff who prepare Hansard (the official record of Legislature proceedings) will use these to assist in transcription.