Gov't changed law to allow unqualified workers to install smart meters: NDP
Smart meters are seen in this photo taken July 31, 2014 in Regina.
The NDP says the government changed the law to allow SaskPower to use unqualified workers to install smart meters.
Deputy NDP leader Trent Wotherspoon says documents obtained through a freedom of information request show the government granted an exemption in July 2013 to a law that requires only qualified electrical workers install power meters.
He says the documents also show there were several incidents of smart meter malfunctions during a trial period in August 2013 when SaskPower used non-electricians to install the devices.
Wotherspoon also says the documents show the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union sent several letters to the government expressing concern over the use of unqualified labour for installing the smart meters.
He says documents show the government rescinded the exemption allowing the use of unqualified workers on Aug. 1.
The province announced Friday the Crown Investment Corporation will head an investigation into the smart meter program.