British Columbians enjoy some of the cheapest power in North America, according to a new report by Hydro Quebec, but politicians are arguing over who takes the credit and whether the cheap rates will continue.
The report says British Columbians enjoy the third cheapest residential power in North America, paying about $40 less per month.
NDP critic Adrian Dix credits an NDP Hydro rate freeze in the 1990s, noting the Liberals are in the midst of a 28-per-cent rate hike.
“He’s claiming credit for things that happened under previous NDP and Social Credit governments. They’ve blown it,” Dix says.
But Liberal Energy Minister Bill Bennett says the rate hikes are needed to pay for Hydro infrastructure that rusted out during that NDP rate freeze.
“When you don’t invest, what happens is that your infrastructure deteriorates.”
Bennett says B.C. will maintain its power advantage despite the rate hikes.