Manitoba Hydro cut frontline services and closed 12 district offices in rural Manitoba to save an estimated $1 million while senior executive salaries increased $1.4 million between 2012-14. The CEO of Manitoba Hydro promised these frontline closures would “allow us to be more efficient, providing more consistent service at a reduced cost and ultimately passing those savings on to customers.” But there were no savings.
“Manitobans were told they would see savings with these frontline service cuts. Manitobans are tired of the same broken NDP promises. We are on the verge of another round of closures and the only dollars being passed on are in increased salaries for Hydro executives,” said Opposition Leader Brian Pallister.
The closure scheme was first introduced in 2013 and Hydro pledged “centralizing this in this way will save us a considerable amount of money going forward.” A further 12 rural office closures are slated for March of 2017 and any alleged savings are currently destined to inflate salaries with no net financial benefits to the way Hydro does business. The NDP-appointed board continues to rubber stamp dramatic pay increases up to 40% to senior executives, cancelling out any savings for Manitobans.
Manitobans have experienced eight rate increases totaling over 25% under Premier Greg Selinger and the failed NDP hydro plan so far. The NDP hydro plan will more than double hydro rates over the next two decades while cutting services and leaving Manitoba families once again paying more and getting less.