On Sept. 13, we received a letter from BC Hydro advising us of our options if we continue to refuse the installation of a smart meter.
I find the tactics being used in trying to convince us to take a smart meter bullying and coercive. I think it is absolutely unconscionable and the fees proposed are exorbitant and punitive. Iím sure that a Crown corporation heavily influenced by the B.C. Liberal government does not want to intimidate taxpayers and customers of BC Hydro in this way, especially since these fees have not been approved by the BC Utilities Commission.
It is very disturbing that a Crown corporation owned by the taxpayers of B.C. should act in such a way, particularly in view that the public was never consulted on the smart meter program or any aspect of the clean energy plan.
The letter that was sent is misleading, causing people to abandon their right to privacy and interference by a device that incessantly emits radioactive frequencies.
As these fees have not been authorized at this point, I am very disturbed that a public utility should be threatening its customers with something that hasnít even been approved.
BC Hydro appears to be in a very bad financial situation due to poor planning on its part and the actions of the Liberal government and lack of foresight by previous governments. Commitments to independent power producers to pay top dollar for power we donít need when we have plentiful cheap power from our own dams and from cheap power available on the spot market is really bad business practice.
Why should taxpayers be on the hook for BC Hydroís mistakes?
Bette Chadwick and Larry Musser, Sechelt