NSP arrogance overwhelms us

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Let them eat cake. That's the kind of absolute disdain Nova Scotia Power's executives are dishing out.

On Tuesday it was revealed that the top brass of the province's power utility were treated to a swank party the day after the company proposed to, once again, in less than a year, hike its rates.

We, along with most Nova Scotians, have been highly critical in the past week of this corporation that has a stranglehold on us all. But the criticism bears repeating, especially when a new side of their arrogance is revealed every couple of days.

Premier Darrell Dexter put it much too mildly in describing as "poor judgment" and a "lack of sensitivity" the event last week at a waterfront restaurant for executives and the board of directors. Considering that some people struggle to pay their power bill, yes, we don't need that rubbed in our faces.

Poor judgment, but what are this province's leaders going to do about something that's turned into a perennial headache?

The party revelation also comes just after news of rich compensation packages to NSP execs - whose continual fallback position to be profitable is hike prices.

Many Nova Scotians would like to see a return to a public utility. That's highly unlikely, though, and in all likelihood private enterprise can do a better job - potentially. But it would be good to see that point debated as well.

Liberal Opposition Leader Stephen McNeil and Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie both suggested the Utility and Review Board examine those executive salaries - something Dexter conceded is possible in any application for a rate hike.

McNeil also said the premier should appear before the Utility and Review Board to oppose the proposed rate increases.

If any of these are options, get 'er done. We are sick of this.

Also, while you're at it, inject some wherewithal into the Utility and Review Board. It's time they learn there's such a word in the English language as 'No.' Sometimes it's warranted.

Organizations: Nova Scotia Power, Utility and Review Board

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Recent comments

  • Scratch My Back
    May 18, 2012 - 07:56

    Dear Amherstonianforlife, your exactly correct.

    May 16, 2012 - 13:57

    Fear not Fuzzy Bear, soon our wonderful marshes will be covered with wind turbines of which the good folks of Amherst and surrounding communities will surely reap the benifits of reduced power rates.

    • amherstonianforlife
      May 17, 2012 - 04:45

      Scratch My Back I just thought i would inform you that if you do a little research you'll find out that the power being generated by the Sprott energy group is being sold out of our province and not going to gain us any reduced power rates unless we are shareholders in Sprott energy!

  • Fuzzy Bear
    May 16, 2012 - 09:42

    Good article!! "Premier Darrell Dexter put it much too mildly in describing as "poor judgment" and a "lack of sensitivity" the event last week at a waterfront restaurant for executives and the board of directors." .......YA THINK??? This just shows how out of touch current politicians are with the average people. The distain for the public that this type of corporate action shows, when they have a monolopy on a critical and vital service to the people's welfare, is beyond belief. And the fact that all our political leaders can say is duhhhh "poor judgement" shows the same distain from a slightly different point of view. Mr. Dexter and every cabinet member from all parties should be screaming at the top of their lungs using every conceivable measure to ensure that this type of corporate robbery does not go unpunished. If NSP and their money hungry parent do not give us a fair and honest bang for our buck then the NS Government should immediately open the market to the private sector and let good old free enterprise take its course. They have a political majority so they can pass whatever bill they want so don't give us the runaround! With free enterprise out of all the irresponsible and arrogant companies out there maybe we will find one that will give us a fair bang for our buck.