Peterborough, ON, July 2, 2018: Ashburnham Ward 4 Councillor Keith Riel expressed his concern and dismay about the decision of Mayor Darryl Bennett to resume plans to sell Peterborough Distribution to Hydro One, highlighting misgivings about the loss of a profitable venture for short term gain as well as concerns about the timing of the deal:
“PDI belongs to all the citizens of Peterborough. It is a profitable company that allows a measure of local control. The fact that this is being done within months of an election is not right. The citizens of Peterborough should have the right to vote on this issue when they go to the polls in October. The details of the deal need to be fully explained to the people before the sale, and the election, takes place.”
Riel has long been an opponent of the sale of public assets and has spoken passionately about the importance of citizens to be able to voice their opinion with their vote on several occasions.