Thursday, November 06, 2014
Another BC Liberal Lie Gets Shattered - In Record Time
One of the greatest whoppers the British Columbia Liberals have told is that B.C. Ferries is an independent operator. This has been the story since the Liberal government "privatized" the ferry service - handing the ships, terminals and other infrastructure to a private, shell company - while the government remained the sole shareholder.
This way when BC Ferries got into a labour dispute or opted to buy ships from Germany or Poland, the government could duck the flack by claiming these were the decisions of a private company, not the government.
That facade got shattered this week when word leaked out that BC Ferries was exploring a proposal to shut down the ferry route between Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver and Departure Bay in Nanaimo. The Corp. was looking at handling mid-island traffic through Duke Point to Tsawwassen. It would have added about two, traffic-choked hours to get from Nanaimo to downtown Vancouver.
The proposed change would have also severed the Trans-Canada Highway. Get on the Trans-Canada in Toronto, head west, and you'll wind up in Horseshoe Bay. From there you can connect with the Trans-Canada again in Nanaimo and take it all the way to its end, in Victoria.
It took just half a day for Crusty Clark and her minions to realize that the villagers had armed themselves with pitchforks and torches and were coming for them. Suddenly the BC Ferries Corp became a non-player. Instead the Transport Minister wasted no time announcing there was no way that the Horseshoe Bay-Departure Bay run would be cancelled. No way.
And with that stunning political intervention died, for all time, the charade that BC Ferries is independent of the provincial government. Dead - and - buried.