Casual commentary about political, cultural and economic issues with a particular interest on the city of Winnipeg by John Dobbin
Sunday, August 22, 2010
The announcement that Manitoba Hydrolost money in the last quarter is nothing to panic over but it is something to keep monitoring.
The Tory response was a bit over the top but so was the NDP one where they say the Tories hate hydro. Time to grow up.
For a long time hydro money has been used for more than just providing power to Manitoba. It has been used to finance government programs. Both the NDP and Tories have to take careful consideration about how hydro has hurt and helped the province. It is complete arrogance to think everything the NDP or the Tories have done in terms of decisions on hydro was always the best thing. The flooding in the north and the repercussion thereafter are example of that.
There is not the transparency needed in regards to Hydro to possibly say for a certainty that some of the decisions they have made or were told to make are the best.
If Hydro losses continue or they appear to be struggling, the NDP are going to find that questions will grow about management. The Tories would do well to continue to ask for full reports, indicate their concern, ask about political interference in Hydro decisions. The NDP would do well to stop trying to keep that information to themselves, stop political interference and cease the ridiculous accusation of hate and/or hidden agendas to sell the utility.