July 4, 2013 5:10 pm

Dix criticizes Premier Clark over hydro rates

NDP Leader Adrian Dix campaigns alongside candidate Carole Gordon.

Angela Jung / Global Okanagan

KELOWNA — NDP Leader Adrian Dix is in Kelowna to help campaign for Westside-Kelowna candidate Carole Gordon in the upcoming by-election.

Dix used the occasion to take a swipe at Premier Christy Clark over expected rate increases at BC Hydro.

“Before the election, Premier Clark said she was personally holding BC Hydro rates down. They hid from the public the extent of the $340 million over-run (on the Northwest Transmission Line being built near Terrace) that ratepayers in West Kelowna and Kelowna will pay for,” says Dix.

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Last week, Energy Minister Bill Bennett acknowledged hydro rates will have to increase.

The opposition leader also says voters in the Westside-Kelowna constituency have a unique opportunity to send a message to the Liberal party by not voting for Clark.

Gordon echoes Dix’s sentiments and says she has been speaking to constituents who feel misled by the government.

“This is not what the people of Westside-Kelowna want. This is not what I am hearing on the doorsteps. They want someone who is going to be here, who’s going to hold the Liberals accountable for every promise they made in the election,” says Gordon.

Voters go to the polls on July 10th. Advance polls are open until Saturday.

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