Articles

Ontario Electricity Rate Suppression Plan. May 27, 2017.

This paper reviews the recent report of the Ontario Financial Accountability Office on that government's plan to use a deferral account to surpress electricity rates. A comparison to the revenue deferral practiced by BC Hydro is also provided.

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Party Platforms Impact on BC Hydro and ICBC. April 14, 2016.

This paper attempts to summarize the election platforms of the three main parties, and what they say or imply about BC Hydro and ICBC.

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ICBC's Worsening Finances Require Government Action. March 24, 2017.

The new provincial government must make the restoration of ICBC's financial health a priority, as capital reserves are now below the regulatory minimums,and rake shock looms.

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Government Uses BC Hydro and ICBC to Lower Direct Debt. February 19, 2017.

In the last five years, the government has taken some $1.95 billion in dividends from BC Hydro, or "excess' capital from ICBC, to reduce its direct operating debt requirement. Occasional Paper No. 22 explains how this happened.

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Government Creates Unique Accounting System for BC Hydro. January 30, 2017.

This paper describes how an obscure 2011 cabinet directive allows BC Hydro to apply regulatory accounting without the fundamental componet -- an independent regulator.

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How Ontario and BC Subsidize Electricity Rates. 13 September 2016.

A comparison of how the governments of Ontario and BC subsidize electricity rates.

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Is The BC Utilities Commission Independent? (Revised) February 14, 2017.

A summary of how the BC government has stripped the BC Utilities Commission of its authority to set rates for BC Hydro and compulsory auto insurance.

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Accounting Rules Over-state Government Revenue on Actual Cash Basis 21 September 2016

Canadian public sector accounting rules treat the net income of self-supporting Crown corporations provincial revenue, even though the actual cash transferred can be significantly less, or zero. 21 September 2016

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