Ontario NDP filing Freedom of Information request against Liberals

Ontario's New Democrats say they're filing a Freedom of Information request to find out the cost of taxpayer-funded ads about the Liberal government's plan to cut hydro bills.

NDP energy critic Peter Tabuns says Premier Kathleen Wynne hasn't yet tabled legislation to reduce hydro bills but is already spending more taxpayers' money on ads claiming the problem is solved. 

PC Leader Patrick Brown has called on the government to release the cost of the ads, while auditor general Bonnie Lysyk says the ads could be considered partisan.

The radio ads say people will see an average 25 per cent reduction on their hydro bills this summer, while rate increases will be held to inflation for four years.

Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault's office says the ads are meant to keep people informed and tell them about a website where they can find out more.