Politicians Have Trouble Understanding Power Rates

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  • As usual the people of Nova Scotia get screwed again! The UARB does not work in the best interest of the people of Nova Scotia and, in my opinion, work for big business. Like Trump would say, who is doing the negotiating for these deals? Decades of poor negotiations have left Nova Scotians $15 billion in debt.

    Gary MacLeod | September 27, 2016 | Reply

  • This article highlights questionable decisions which affect power rates. It does that well, however one could use the title ” Politicians have trouble Understanding ______ ______” with a multitude of subjects—- just fill in the blanks.

    There are fewer than one tenth of one percent of all Nova Scotians who have the leadership skills and practical experience to run an organization with $10B in revenues, thousands of employees and is in a state of steady and serious decline. None of those individuals are in political office today and I suggest that number declines every year as our future leaders leave the province. There is nothing in the training or skill set of a gym teacher, or of a refrigerator repairman that develops the individual to lead an organization of this size.

    The root of this problem is the old guard– the establish political parties. The core of the political establishment wants individuals they can control, individuals who will reward them. Dramatic change is not in the cards. Thus “the parties” bring forward weak (and yes incompetent ) individuals/ candidates who cannot provide leadership, cannot deal with complex problems, cannot push analytical thought processes, and cannot force change.

    After the election the government effectively becomes a dictatorship. The premier is supreme, he/she surrounds himself/ herself with party loyalists in a closed circle called the Premier’s office or inner circle. The other elected members are there only to vote in line with the directive. Challenging thoughts/ opinions are shut out.

    There are things that Politicians DO Understand— secrecy is an ally, the truth exposes weaknesses, Lies are ok, spin doctors are important accomplices, Accountability and Transparency must be avoided at all cost (regardless of what was said in opposition), the electorate are generally stupid and can be fooled!!!

    barry h | August 6, 2016 | Reply

    • Barry I have a more optimistic view than you about the people and parties who are part of the system. Nevertheless thanks for your comment.


      Bill | August 6, 2016 | Reply

      • I was optimistic once. Optimism gave me hope things would improve. Then as I aged, I realized having hope in NS politics only led to bitter disappointments, so I became realistic. As I become even older and realize my children / grandchildren are being left with a future that will be lower in quality than I enjoyed, I became pessimistic.

        barry h | August 6, 2016 | Reply

  • Now NalCor is currently in discussions with Emera to use the Maritime Link to import power until Muskrat Falls comes online. Trouble is Nova Scotia ratepayers will be paying for this use as well as Newfoundland ratepayers! Why the hell does NSPI not have to pay for ANYTHING! Charging the people of both provinces to use a transmission line paid for by NS ratepayers. This is a boondoggle. I am currently looking at financing a whole home solar system. When your power bill is over double your mortgage and on the way up, it’s the only option left after going all efficient.
    And don’t ever forget folk’s. The UARB works for the best interests of NSPI. Many are former lawyers that were retained by NSPI and are not on the public’s side.

    Craig | August 5, 2016 | Reply

  • It’s unfortunate that at least government and then NSP have made no attempt to educate the taxpayers on just how with electricity you have a plant that produces a product , which then gets sold , to basically any one, anywhere. You don’t know that the power NSP generates is being sold to people in NS or Maine or NB as electricity flow in an invisible state through miles and miles of lines. It is the ownership of those lines that gives the owner their little monopoly. In some cases these owners are private corporations as in Emera /NSP and in some cases they are government /public owned .government owned as in Quebec,Ontario and NFLD ( I think) .Your NS politicians made a decision to privatize . End of story . If you want your electricity regulated ,and your gasoline, and quotas for milk and fish, you pay a price for all that regulation as it may be good for the consumer but bad for the investors. Regulation can, by default ,create monopolies and can keep new companies out of a business simply because they can’t really get a share. Politicians can hire financial staff or even a whole university to help them and to educate their taxpayers . There is no excuse for a politician/government /premier to claim they can solve a problem when they don’t even understand the problem and can’t explain it .

    Peter S | August 5, 2016 | Reply

  • Graham Steele hit the nail on the head in his book “What I learned about Politics”. Very few politicians are qualified to deal with the complexities of matters that are basically financial or scientific in nature. And once in office, many are more driven to get re-elected than to solve the bigger problems of running a province. The problems they do solve, for the most part, tend to be localized to personal matters of members of their constituencies. Hopefully, before the province is totally bankrupt, we will have politicians who listen and debate critical issues in the legislature rather than cutting ribbons and attending picnics to make themselves popular with their constituents. Graham’s condemnation of the political process makes one fear for the continuation of democracy as we know it. Without naming names, one has to wonder about a province with a party that elects a good fiddle player over one of its most successful businessmen for its leader. Maybe it is time for politicians to be required to carry liability insurance to cover the consequences of bad decisions and faulty performance in the manner of professionals like doctors, lawyers and engineers.

    Dr. Ron Gilkie, P.En | August 5, 2016 | Reply

  • In this instance, as in practically all others of similar cost impact situations, the taxpayer/citizen/end user pays to fully protect the financial interests of the involved corporations/private investors otherwise such projects would never leave the drawing board/planning stage…

    Bob MacKenzie | August 5, 2016 | Reply

  • I suppose it could be worse–the Province could still own and operate NSPI–or even worse, they could take it over.
    Huskilson et al are the only hope for some sanity in operating a business far beyond the comprehension of small town,second or third rate (probably hyperbole) politicians disguising themselves as financiers.

    bill | August 5, 2016 | Reply