Hearings into a proposed rate hike for Newfoundland Power are about to get going full tilt. The utility is seeking a seven per cent hike in residential rates in its latest application before the Public Utilities Board.
It’s the usual song and dance.
There will be a few days of submissions and handwringing before members of the PUB head off to deliberate, shuffle a few papers resulting in a few dollars being shaved off what Newfoundland Power says it absolutely needs to keep the company’s head above water.
That theatre will go ahead at the same time most residents in this province are getting their municipal tax bills which have risen in one manner or another. Then there are EI changes — cuts of course — and higher charges for Canada Pension and employment insurance.
There were a couple of studies last year which showed ordinary Canadians have hardly made any measurable headway improving their lot in life for many years.
The numbers show that mostly the rich have gotten richer and the rest of us are left to our own devises watching inflation and higher prices suck up any modest gains we manage to gather.
But at least some of us collecting a regular salary can hope for a modest raise to keep up with the cost of living.
What about those other poor souls — poor being the operative word here — who keep getting the same amount of money each month and see it’s value being eroded before their eyes?
Is there anyone in a position of power who cares? Doesn’t appear so.
The vast majority of us are ignored by the system and only seem to count when election time rolls around every few years.
That’s when we are really valued by politicians who are in position to improve the lives of all Canadians.
There are billions of people in the world who wish they had lives with all the advantages of Canadians but that doesn’t mean we can’t do — or want — better for ourselves and our children.
Standing back and watching the gap between rich and poor grow to an obscene level is no way to build a great country.