CAQ leader François Legault says if his party is elected to government, he will roll back the 4.3 per cent Hydro-Quebec rate increase that took effect today — and he'll do it within a week of being sworn in.
This round of residential electricity rate hikes is the steepest in about a decade — a hike which, for the average family, will mean an extra $100 per year.
Legault says he would being the increase back in line with the rate of inflation — at around 2.2 per cent.
Meanwhile, a growing problem for Hydro making sure people pay their outstanding bills.
The utility says the number of unpaid bills in 2013 reached a record high of $522 million — triple what it was in 2007.
Hydro says that's not unusual, and tenants' rights advocate Ted Wright says it can't do much about consumers not paying their bills until it is proven in court.
"If there's no proven accepted-by-court method of saying you do not pay your bills, they can not put it in your credit rating," Wright says.