As if the Manitoba Government was not up to enough shenanigans, now they've got a Bill to F*ck with the Public Utilities Board (PUB).
Manitoba has one of the best systems in the country for setting electricity rates.
Now, instead of keeping the decision making with the PUB, the Manitoba Government wants to set themselves.
And that is just the tip of the Ice Berg...
Your concerns could extend to
- How Bill 36 could raise the price of electricity beyond what Hydro actually needs.
- How Bill 36 strips the Public Utilities Board of its impartial oversight role in setting hydro and natural gas rates.
- How Bill 36 allows current and future governments to create new rules on how electricity rates are set without having to justify those changes before the Legislative Assembly.
- How Bill 36 censors the Public Utilities Board from questioning or critiquing government policy around rate-setting.
- How Bill 36 allows for rate hearings to be held behind closed doors.
- How Bill 36 allows for the private retail sale of electricity without a clear framework on what will be permitted.
- How Bill 36 makes major changes to Hydro before the results of two major reviews of its operations have been completed.
This bill guts the PUB of its ability to independently regulate hydro rates and:
- Could raise the price of electricity beyond what Hydro really needs.
- Would allow any current and future government to create new rules on how electricity rates are set without having to justify it before the Legislative Assembly.
- Disproportionately impacts vulnerable Manitobans as it strips the Public Utilities Board (PUB) of its impartial oversight role in setting hydro and natural gas rates.
- Censors the PUB from being able to comment on government policy and regulations.
- Could limit hearings from a live, in person setting in favour of strictly written presentations. In some cases rate hearings could be held completely behind closed doors.
- Makes major changes to Hydro before the results of two major reviews of its operations have been completed.
The other way you can make a big impact and show your opposition is by registering to speak at committee. The number of people who signed up to speak against Bill 64 last year played a key role in the Manitoba government withdrawing that Bill.
You can register through the Clerk's Office at 204-945-3636 and you will have 10 min to present (though you do not have to use it all).
Coalition Members: Wa Ni Ska Tan:An Alliance of Hydroimpacted Communities, Manitoba Hydro Accountability Board, Council of Canadians, Winnipeg Chapter, Manitoba Eco-Network, Interchurch Council on Hydropower, Make Poverty History Manitoba, Social Planning Council of Winnipeg, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW 2034), Sustainable Building Manitoba, ManSEA, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives - Manitoba, SEED Winnipeg Inc, Communities Not Cuts. Manitoba Energy Justice Coalition. Raysolar
Get in touch if you wish to get involved.- https://protectpub.ca/