If the government decided to hand over the $ 1.4 billion to Hydro-Québec customers, this would mean a rate reduction of about 12% or a rebate of more than $ 300 per family.
In 2015, the late CAQ MNA Sylvie Roy defended customers by asking the government to repay them. Pierre Arcand, Minister of Natural Resources, undertook to do so, declaring: "As soon as we have restored a balanced budget, it is clear that these efficiency gains will be given back to consumers" .
Since that time, the budget has been balanced but Quebecers have not yet seen their money! Worse, electricity rates continue to rise. Over the past five years, the increases have doubled inflation. The number of Hydro-Québec customer disconnections has been steadily increasing since 2008, from 12,284 to 55,500 in 2015. The Corporation's executives continue to pay performance bonuses, including a record amount of $ 23 million in 2015.
Let's show the government that the citizens of Quebec have not forgotten their promise!