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Already appalled by the government’s gag-order adoption of Bill 34, which is aimed at redistributing overpayments accumulated by Hydro-Québec, Réseau FADOQ is now condemning the government’s decision to limit refunds to 2018–2019 customers only.
The decision means that many seniors will miss out on the $500 million redistribution from Hydro-Quebec, even though they were customers between 2005 and 2007 when the overpayments occurred.
According to a report published by Quebec’s auditor general in 2018, overpayments totaling $1.5 billion were made to Hydro-Québec during that period. Plus, $1.1 billion was paid to the Government of Québec in connection with the overpayments.
“We are frustrated. With Bill 34, the Legault government has found a way to refund as little money as possible to taxpayers. It’s a smokescreen,” said Réseau FADOQ Chair Gisèle Tassé-Goodman.
In recent weeks, Réseau FADOQ has opposed the bill in its current form after raising its concerns with Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Jonatan Julien.
The network pointed out that seniors who have sold their homes and moved into private seniors’ residences where electricity is included in the rent will not benefit from the measures in Bill 34. These customers will also miss out on the rate freeze scheduled for April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021, which the Legault government is indicating will compensate for a portion of the overpayments.
Are you in this situation? Contact Réseau FADOQ by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 1 800 544-9058. You can also consult this article (French only) from our Resources section to find out how to get the refund.