Overbilling at Hydro-Quebec: liberals refuse to apologize to QuebecersPublished on April 7 2017
In brief :
- After saying no to a $1.4B refund plan from Hydro-Quebec, which has overcharged clients for 8 years, Energy Minister Pierre Arcand refused to apologize to Quebecers.
- Not only liberals are being arrogant, they are also being completely disconnected from Quebec families’ reality, who are struggling because of the liberal taxes and tariffs increase.
Questioned by the Coalition Avenir Quebec, Energy Minister Pierre Arcand refused to apologize to Quebecers for the $1.4B overcharge they have been victim of since 2008, through their electrical bills.
Yet, the Couillard government was well aware of this disguised tax, since they themselves put an end to the reimbursement mechanism introduced by the Régie de l’énergie, in order to use this jackpot for a return to a balanced budget.
Remember that on Wednesday, not only the Minister acknowledged the existence of this overcharge; he also closed the door to an eventual reimbursement to Quebec’s families. The CAQ member for Saint-Hyacinthe, Chantal Soucy, denounced this arrogant attitude and this selfish act by the liberal government.
“Quebec’s families have experimented first-hand the good old liberal way of doing things: picking families’ pockets in a sneaky way, without ever reimbursing! Not only the Couillard government confirms that they took advantage of Hydro‑Quebec to reach a balanced budget, today they dare to say to Quebecers that they will never see the color of this money again. This shows a complete indifference towards the growing anger of families in Quebec.”
Member for Saint-Hyacinthe, CAQ Critic for energy.