No power hour: Blackout planned to protest Hydro-Quebec rate hikes
MONTREAL — A unique social media call to action against Hydro-Quebec rate hikes is planned for Wednesday night — and it involves shutting off the power.
A Facebook event is inviting Quebecers to stop consuming electricity for one hour to protest against a proposed hike in their electricity bills. There are over 120,000 people attending.
Last month, Hydro-Quebec announced it would increase its rates by 2.9 per cent, starting April 1.
“You are invited to a simple citizen’s-action against the continuous price increases of Hydro-Quebec,” the event page reads.
“Rather than ‘flash your lights,’ light some candles and set all your ‘breakers’ to OFF just for an hour.”
“And who knows … maybe on 1 January 2016, Hydro will be responsible for a mini baby boom in Quebec instead of the impoverishment of its population!”
The action is set to take place across the province from 7 to 8 p.m.
A Change.org online petition against Hydro-Quebec’s proposed rate hikes has also been circulating on social media and has garnered nearly 40,000 signatures.
Hydro-Quebec is a public utility entirely owned by the government of Quebec. In 2014, the company said it paid a record dividend of $2.5 billion to Quebec, its sole shareholder.
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