Ontario's energy minister, Greg Rickford, has been recalled to Queen's Park, as the provincial government looks to prevent a strike by the power workers union.
A work stoppage could mean an interruption in service for commercial and residential customers. The union has been without a contract since the spring.
The government has been working to reduce hydro rates, as part of their election campaign. About 6,000 members of the Power Workers Union are employed by Ontario Power Generation.
In a statement released late Thursday, Rickford outilned the government's position.
"OPG produces approximately 50 per cent of Ontario's electricity that families, businesses and industry rely on every day. Any prolonged outage caused by a job action would jeopardize electricity supply to Ontario's industry and businesses, which could have a devastating impact and ripple effect on our province's economy," he said in a prepared statement.
"We will not allow Ontario families and seniors to spend their holiday season in the dark or to go without heat. We will do whatever is required to protect the health and safety of the people of Ontario," the minister continued.
"We strongly urge both parties to reach a resolution, before this leads to any power interruptions. We want to assure the people of Ontario that we are reviewing all options available to us to ensure that the supply of electricity remains uninterrupted in this province. Our government will have no hesitation to act swiftly and decisively if required," he concluded.
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