Tag: Power rates

Houston puts on the populist cape to fight power rate increases

While Alberta Premier Danielle Smith captured most of the media attention for her populist attack on the Canadian constitution, Tim Houston was also busy last week burnishing his populist-autocrat credentials. Smith showcased her much-anticipated Alberta Sovereignty within a United Canada Act as a way of stirring up anger and resentment against the Central Canadian liberal establishment, currently personified by Justin Trudeau and his government.  Houston’s masterpiece was his five-page letter calling on the Utility and Review Board (UARB) to reject a rate increase agreement – a so-called settlement agreement – between Nova Scotia Power and major customer advocates. Like...

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Liberal Electricity Plan: Some guys have all the luck

The Liberals, whose victory two years ago owed much to the claim they could do a better job than the NDP with the power file, brought in their electricity manifesto last week, with legislation to follow. Grandly titled Our Electricity Future: Nova Scotia’s Electricity Plan 2015-2040, the report was the result of one of those pro-forma consultations in which “stakeholders” give their views in various forums and the government ‘s communications experts write up a final report made up of what their client wants. The whole exercise used up a lot of time and undoubtedly a fair bit of...

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RICHARD STARR has had careers as a journalist, public servant, broadcaster, political staffer and freelance policy adviser. He is author of numerous newspaper and magazine articles, a former radio and TV producer and weekly newspaper editor, and the author of three non-fiction books. Starr has lived in Dartmouth for more than 30 years.

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