This is not a joke.
If you haven’t yet heard, the following rates are going up on April 1, 2015:
- BC Hydro electricity rates will rise six per cent on April 1. This is part of their 28 per cent rate hike over five years approved by the government. Last year, we saw an increase of 9 per cent. You can find their fiscal document here.
- BC Ferries announced that both a tariff increase approved by the BC Ferries Commissioner, as well as a fuel rebate will occur on April 1, 2015, with an overall averaged effect of a 2.9 per cent increase. You can read their press release here.
Again, what follows is just dumb luck, serendipity if you will:
- As of April 1 – the first day that grocery stores are allowed to sell liquor through the store-within-a-store model and wine-on-shelves model – government will have implemented, or be in the process of implementing, 29 recommendations from the Liquor Policy Review report. You can read their press release here.
That the two parts (rates increases, and alcohol access) are connected, I’m sure, is purely co-incidental.