TORONTO - Ontario Tory leader Tim Hudak says mandatory smart meters are dumb.

He says if he's elected premier on Oct. 6 he will axe the program that forces seniors to do their laundry in the middle of the night.

Smart meters allow people to shift electricity-consuming chores to off-peak times when power rates are lower.

But Hudak says too many families are unable to do that, so the system amounts to another tax.

The Progressive Conservative leader says people who like the idea designed to conserve power can opt in.

Hudak does not say what power would end up costing if the system is scrapped but says flat-rate metering would continue.