Cost of electricity sparks up election campaign
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Cost of electricity sparks up election campaign

HALIFAX – The cost of electricity emerged as a key issue during the first week of the Nova Scotia election campaign.

Nova Scotians pay some of the highest power bills in the country, which has sometimes upset ratepayers. Energy Minister Charlie Parker says he understands the anger, but the province must shed its reliance on coal-fired power plants and turn to renewable energy. He admits that means higher power rates — but no more than an additional two per cent per year.

The Liberals, meanwhile, are promising to break Nova Scotia Power’s monopoly. Liberal candidate Andrew Younger says that would make it easier for private renewable energy companies to compete with the utility and sell directly to ratepayers.

Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie says his party will freeze rates for five years if they win on October 8th. Baillie says the province’s commitment to get 40 per cent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020 is too ambitious and he is promising to delay that target by five years.

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Only 2% per year Minister Parker? That’s nice. I mean… Everyone in the province’s income is increasing by more than 2% per year, so that shouldn’t be a burden to anyone, right?

NDP are out of touch.

September 15, 2013 at 8:29 am

halins, I have been an NDP supporter for as long as I can remember and as much as I hate to say it, I am starting to think you are correct. So now I have some hard thinking to do over the next few weeks. Because there is no way that we as Nova Scotians can keep on this way. People are starving or living in the dark and cold. I live on a disability income and even with my wife we barely get by and even when I was working making good money it was no better. Nova Scotians continue to go with out things sometimes even food to pay these crazy power bills. The government continues to say how they understand but every year it seems there another increase. Nova Scotians just have nothing more to give up, I know I don’t. So yes, I do believe you are correct, maybe they should live on our income and not the crazy salary’s we have been paying them.

September 15, 2013 at 9:49 am