Group demands review of Hydro's multi-billion-dollar plans

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation and the coalition opposing Manitoba Hydro's plans to spend billions in energy projects are calling for an independent, non-partisan review of the utility's plans.
Experts say Manitoba Hydro's rates could triple if the utility's multi-billion-dollar plans fail, according to Colin Craig, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation's prairie director. (CBC)

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation and the coalition opposing Manitoba Hydro's plans to spend billions in energy projects are calling for an independent, non-partisan review of the utility's plans.

Given the province's $30-billion debt, the plan to spend $34 billion is too risky, they say.

Those plans include the controversial $4-billion Bipole III high-voltage transmission line.

The group has sent a letter to Premier Greg Selinger, which includes statements from a number of prominent Manitobans like former Premiers Gary Filmon (Progressive Conservative) and Ed Schreyer (NDP), calling for a review.

"When I talk to former engineers and retired Manitoba Hydro executives, it’s clear there’s a lot of concern for what could happen to peoples’ hydro bills,” said Garland Laliberte, a retired dean of engineering at the University of Manitoba and vice president of the coalition.

“This is not the type of decision to rush. There needs to be a truly independent and non-partisan review, not what the government is proposing.”

The group has also launched a website, riskyhydroplan.ca.

Letter to Premier Greg Selinger

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