10/26/2012 08:13 EDT | Updated 12/26/2012 05:12 EST

Nova Scotia man collects signatures, calls for end to power monopoly

PORT HAWKESBURY, N.S. - A Nova Scotia man who collected nearly 32,000 signatures earlier this year from people against power rate hikes is again petitioning the provincial government.

Archie Stewart of Port Hawkesbury has created a new petition with a list of demands from ratepayers.

Stewart says among the things that need to change is Nova Scotia Power's monopoly in the province — something the Opposition Liberals have long called for.

Leader Stephen McNeil has said the electricity market should be opened to allow renewable energy producers to compete with the utility.

Stewart says it's time ratepayers are heard, adding that legislation introduced Thursday by Energy Minister Charlie Parker that would block additional rate increases until at least 2015 doesn't go far enough.

The legislation would also take Nova Scotia Power customers off the hook for the cost of executive bonuses and cap the amount of money paid through rates for executive salaries.