BC Hydro and the Liberal government are being bullies about smart meters

When did I lose my freedom of choice to make healthy decisions about myself, family and land?

Filed for publication with the Mirror.

Dear editor, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Premier Christy Clark and BC Hydro,

When did I lose my freedom of choice to make healthy decisions about myself, family and land?

Today, Jan. 17, I phoned BC Hydro and said I would not be accepting a smart meter. I was threatened that if I did not comply, they would send the authorities.

I phoned the RCMP and discovered they were not the authorities. Some Corix employee would be the authorities.

Freedom is the choice to believe what you want to believe. Love who you want to love and live where you want to live. In Canada, all these things are true until now. Until the Liberal government signed a deal with Corix.

Freedom means everything to me. This is why I cherish Canada. I will not have a smart meter even if it means living without power.

Forcing something unwanted on someone is abuse. BC Hydro and the Liberal government are being bullies.

Smart meters are a form of control. If a government does not value freedom of safety for its people, it should not be in power in Canada.

My community and I did no ask for this. This is not progress. It is the opposite. It is control and abuse.

A single mom on disability has just been threatened to comply completely by a powerful, billion-dollar company that we citizens created.

I’m sad for Canada’s peoples. Elections may be useful to a powerful billion dollar company.

Evangeline Tate

Quadra Island