Wednesday April 23, 2014

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SaskPower spending is misdirected

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Dear editor,

The government should not be spending SaskPower money on fancy commercials and ads at a time when they’re planning to raise power bills.

With such a strong economy, it’s frustrating to families that the government’s Crowns have to turn to Saskatchewan people to pay more and more. It’s even more frustrating that the government is spending nearly three-quarters of a million dollars on a glossy public relations campaign at the same time.

SaskPower has applied for a 15.5 per cent rate increase over three years. The government took $120 million from the Crown in 2012, and rung up more than $115 million in cost overruns on a carbon capture project SaskPower will have to pay for.

With this rate increase, this government will have raised our power bills by nearly 40 per cent since 2009.

Saskatchewan people are already doing their part for the economy and our own household budgets. We shouldn’t also have to pay for these commercials.

This government cancelled Saskatchewan’s goal of offering the lowest-cost utility bundle in Canada – which should have been an easy promise to keep in a strong economy with profitable Crowns.

 

Cathy Sproule

NDP critic for SaskPower


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