Hundreds gather outside energy minister's office to protest soaring hydro rates

As thousands of people protest soaring hydro rates across the province, several hundred demonstrators gathered to rally outside Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli's Carling Avenue constituency office on Friday afternoon.

They waved signs reading "HEAT OR EAT" in front of honking cars, calling for drastic changes because they can't afford to pay their bills.

PC Energy Critic Lisa MacLeod says this kind of turnout should send a clear message to Queen's Park.

"I'm proud to be here today with a bunch of people that share my view that hydro prices have gone far too high, that this is a government mired in scandal and it's time for a change," she tells CFRA. "Bob Chiarelli's in real trouble, I think, in the next election."

People say their bills are higher than their mortgage payments, pensions and disability payments and, in some cases, one bill is higher than their property tax for the year.

They say enough is enough.

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