Power broker bullies

Paying BC Hydro extra money for old meters is extortion.

Re: “Keep your old power meter, for a fee,” The Leader, July 23.

We try to eliminate bullying, but it seems if it is done by a Crown corporation, it is quite all right, with the government’s backing.

It seems to me that energy minister Bill Bennett has taken a cue from organized crime. If you want to keep your old BC Hydro meter, you pay them $20 a month of protection money until it has to be replaced due to old age. This is just like blackmail, extortion and intimidation. The cost of reading meters was always included in your bill.

I believed we elected a democratic government that was supposed to protect us from such practices. This is more like a dictatorship than a democracy.

 

Bernd Meier, Surrey

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