Hydro rates go up while social assistance cheques stay the same

Dear editor,

I see where there is a Campbell River petition started over BC Hydro’s use of smart meters. Many of us believe this situation isn’t limited to Campbell River. So what exactly is the B.C. Lieberal (sic) government doing to rectify this situation?

The business plan being used by B.C. Hydro, was instituted by the former Premier, Gordon Campbell.  It is where B.C. Hydro buys high and  sells low to others. Now that is not what I’d call a good business plan.

As I understood it and my Mother explained  to me, was you buy low and sell high.

So now that Gordon Campbell is living at taxpayers’ expense in lovely London, England, can you please explain why the current crop of B.C. Liberal MLAs have continued with this business plan?

When W. A. C. Bennett took over B.C. Electric and turned it into B.C. Hydro it was with the understanding that all citizens of B.C. would benefit from this.  For some years we did.

Then along came Gordon Campbell and since then, not so much.

B.C. Hydro/B.C. Lieberals (sic) are charging everyone the same rate, regardless of the ability to pay. The ever-increasing hydro rates are not being accompanied by ever-increasing disability pensions or welfare rates or minimum wage rates.

What in effect is happening, is the B.C. Liberals/B.C. Hydro is contributing to the ever-increasing rate of poverty for children and those on low income. In my opinion the people in Campbell River do have a human rights case. They are being discriminated against on the basis of family status. If you are a corporation you might wind up with a discount on your electrical rates, but a family, not so much.

I do hope the Campbell River group wins.  I am not holding my breath to see if there will be any changes to any of this, or the rate of child poverty in this province.

Christy wants to “grow the economy” first.  Well the economy just tanked and the B.C. Lieberals (sic) don’t have a B plan, not that they ever had an A plan either.

E. A. Foster



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