To the Editor,
Re: Smart meters make sense, Opinion, Aug. 13.
Smart meters are a tax grab pure and simple. Victoria has used B.C. Hydro as a milk cow and extracts money from it by charging water rental fees; forcing it to pay dividends to the provincial government; and charging capital fees to the company.
B.C. Hydro’s coffers are empty and it needs money to expand, so Hydro’s political masters are going to increase its revenue by installing smart meters, which will ‘time’ usage of power and charge double the rate for power used between 6 a.m. and about 11 a.m.
Who pays this indirect taxation in the end? We all do.
Alastair James Berry