Council of Canadians Peterborough-Kawarthas chapter activist Roy Brady and CUPE Ontario president Fred Hahn.
The Council of Canadians Peterborough-Kawarthas chapter has been campaigning against the sale of Peterborough Distribution Inc. (PDI), the city-owned utility that distributes electricity in Peterborough, Lakefield and Norwood, to the provincial electricity transmission and distribution utility Hydro One since February 2016.
Chapter activist Roy Brady has highlighted that the sale would mean a loss of local control, accountability and would likely lead to higher electricity rates. He says, "Selling off publicly owned assets like PDI is about nothing more than making a few people a lot richer at the expense of everyone else."
An Environics Research poll released in April 2016 found that 93 per cent of Peterborough residents opposed the sale of PDI. Despite that, Peterborough city council still voted in December 2016 to sell the utility. At that time, Brady said that the chapter would continue to oppose the sale.