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This article was published 29/10/2014 (967 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Both Stan Struthers and Dave Chomiak tried several times to prevent Scott Thomson, Hydro CEO, from answering the question who will pay for Bipole III in the Sept. 24 meeting of the Legislature’s Crown Corporations Committee.
Asked whether Manitoba ratepayers will pay for any portion of the cost of Bipole III, Thomson finally admitted, “Yes, they will, just like they pay for all of their other assets that are installed to serve their needs.” That is far different from what the NDP have been saying.
On April 1, 2011, Premier Greg Selinger said: “The cost of the Bipole will be built into the price of the product being sold to the customers to the south of us and to the west of us in the future. It will be paid by the customers, not by Manitoba ratepayers.”
And from Rosann Wowchuk, then minister responsible for Manitoba Hydro, on June 14, 2011: “The reality is that Manitoba families will not pay one cent for Bipole III; it will be paid for by export sales.”
While the NDP were busy accusing Hugh McFadyen, then PC leader, of lying to Manitobans when he said Manitoba consumers would pay for Bipole III, they were the ones deceiving us.
Even today, both the NDP and Hydro are still practising their own brand of the truth when they say that export sales will keep rates low for Manitobans as our rates soar to pay for Hydro’s $24-billion expansion.
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