LETTER: BC Hydro rate hike doesn’t compute

Before approving rate hikes, the premier and cabinet should try to live on minimum wage, argues one Now reader.

This reader is livid over BC Hydro rate hikes.

The Editor,

Before they approve BC Hydro’s request to raise their rates, the premier of British Columbia and her entire cabinet should have pledged to try to live on the current minimum wage and donate the difference from their salaries to charity.

SEE ALSO: BC Hydro applies to raise rates by four per cent

Where would a family living on the present-day minimum wages, or single mothers on social assistance, find the extra $5 per month to pay BC Hydro’s new rates while, at the same time, BC Hydro shamelessly pays its executives and staff exorbitant salaries and bonuses.

The problem with our municipal, provincial and federal governments is that they are living in an ivory tower insulated from the real day-to-day issues the common low-wage earners are facing on the street of our great nation.

Bob Baro, Surrey

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