Power self-sufficiency important

W.A.C. Bennett must be turning over in his grave at the prospect of B.C. Hydro relying on imported electricity to meet the energy needs of British Columbians. I’m sure that isn’t what Bennett had in mind when he created B.C. Hydro.

To the Editor,

W.A.C. Bennett must be turning over in his grave at the prospect of B.C. Hydro relying on imported electricity to meet the energy needs of British Columbians. I’m sure that isn’t what Bennett had in mind when he created B.C. Hydro.

Right from the start, B.C. Hydro supplied made-in-B.C. electricity, and for the most part what B.C. Hydro has supplied to British Columbians ever since is renewable hydro energy envied the world over.

Bennett also made sure B.C. always had more electricity generating capacity than we needed. Any electricity we didn’t need we exported, and the revenue generated by those exports was always to the monetary benefit of the people of B.C.

Electricity self-sufficiency was core to Bennett’s vision for B.C. and it’s a big part of what made this province great and economically prosperous.

Why are we now heading in the opposite direction and walking straight toward dependence on imported electricity?

Allowing ourselves to become an electricity ‘have not’ province is insane when we have so much energy potential within our own borders.

Please tell me that all this talk about relying on imported electricity is just somebody’s idea of a sick joke.

Donald Leung

Burnaby