Osoyoos couple will withdraw Liberal support unless two-tier electricity rates are changed

By on April 11, 2017

Dear Editor:

This is an open letter to Boundary-Similkameen MLA Linda Larson.

We have attached our recent FortisBC electricity bills, which cover the periods between the middle of December and middle of January and the second one from middle of January until the middle of February.

The respective amounts submitted were $874.16 and $698.73, respectively, totaling $1,572.89 for two months.

The provincial Liberal government has stated that B.C.’s electricity rates are among the lowest in Canada and that the typical home using electricity for heat has seen “minimal bill impacts” as a result of the two-tier system.


Our bills from FortisBC clearly refutes this statement by your government.

The two-tier system is completely discriminatory to the rural citizens of British Columbia who do not have access to natural gas to heat their homes.

For the two months shown, if we had the opportunity of staying at the Tier I rate, our bill would have been $483.77 less.

This two-tier system is nothing more than a tax, which is completely unjustified and is in violation of the BC Utilities Commission Act, which forbids discriminatory rates such as this one.

Despite numerous e-mail from citizens such as ourselves, the Liberal government has done nothing to resolve this issue.

While we have been loyal Liberal supporters in British Columbia, unless this issue is going to be dealt with by the government, BCUC and FortisBC, we will not support you in the upcoming election.

This is not going to go away.

Momentum is building on this important issue with the many voters who rely on electricity to heat their homes and do not have access to natural gas, demanding a more cost efficient method.

Voters also know nothing has been done by the MLA or Liberal government to address this important election issue.

Jonathan and Gail Smith

Osoyoos, B.C.

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  1. Margo Strouts

    April 12, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    I totally agree with Jonathan and Gail. We recently moved to Anarchist and find the electric bills outrageous. Our bill for two months was almost 800.00 and we use wood to heat our house.
    Linda came to hear our complaints up at the summit centre and instead of listening to our concerns she left the meeting and turned it over to four members of Fortis who are under the jurisdiction of the BCUC so their hands are tied. They find the tier two system totally unjust.
    So myself and husband who have voted Liberal will be also not voting Liberal in this next election.

  2. derrick davies

    April 15, 2017 at 10:32 am

    Last winter we are not turning our heat on,only one room because of the high cost of electric.This is bull Shit!

  3. Robert

    April 17, 2017 at 9:57 am

    Our bill from Jan 17 – March 15 was $1028.47. We live in an approximately 1400 square foot two story house (excluding unfinished basement), keep the heat turned low, wear more layers, and dry our cloths on the clothes line (when it’s not raining). To add insult to injury, we have to pay an extra $18.00 per bill to read our radio off meter. All truly a ripoff.

    We will be voting Liberal. Our personal problems are not enough for us to change our vote to NDP who have a history of screwing up this province every time they get into power. We need to think of the greater good and not just our personal problems when we vote. The far left NDP are not the greater good for B.C. and will not likely solve our electricity problems.

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