Tensions were high at the Legislature today, as the opposition NDP grilled the BC Liberals about the Ministry of Transportation potentially planning on hiking ICBC rates in the coming weeks.
“It’s very clear that this government is determined to wring every last cent out of the pocket of British Columbians.”
The NDP’s Carole James says the rate increases will unfairly put B.C. drivers on the hook.
“The Minister of Finance is once again taking money from ICBC to pad the budget and drivers are on the hook for $150-million dollars.”
But transportation minister Todd Stone says the province is working through a spike in fraud and claims, and is trying to keep rates as low as possible.
“…On a wide range of initiatives from enhanced fraud detection to a whole wide range of other efficiencies and strategies that we’re confident are going to ensure that moving forward, we’re able to keep within the moving framework at the lower end of that scale.”
Stone says B.C. is not the exception, adding claims are up in other provinces as well.
It comes a day after Hydro critic Adrian Dix argued another Crown corporation, BC Hydro, actually faces a ten-year deferral account of $5.9-billion dollars as opposed to $4.8-billion, saying Hydro customers will be paying more than originally expected.