No one pays or we all pay

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

A tale of two bridges — the Con­fed­er­a­tion Bridge with a $46 toll that cost tax pay­ers $1 bil­lion and the Cham­plain Bridge that cost the same tax­pay­ers $4 bil­lion and no toll?

There is a clear ques­tion of dis­crim­i­na­tion be­tween the prov­inces of Que­bec and Prince Ed­ward Is­land. It seems to me ei­ther ev­ery­one pays or no one pays. I do re­al­ize we are an is­land and be­sides the bridge we have a sum­mer ferry ser­vice at Wood Is­land. Nev­er­the­less, we are pay­ing while other Cana­di­ans are get­ting a free pass, and that is not how the fed­eral gov­ern­ment should be op­er­at­ing.

No one knows how much money has been made to date, as the bridge com­pany does not dis­close num­bers of ve­hi­cles cross­ing or the to­tal rev­enue. How­ever, it would be a safe bet to say they have made a lot of money in the years of op­er­a­tion. At the very least tolls should be elim­i­nated for those peo­ple trav­el­ling off is­land for med­i­cal pur­poses.

The tolls should also be elim­i­nated for se­niors and the dis­abled. It is very dif­fi­cult understand why our premier is not rais­ing a ruckus with the fed­eral gov­ern­ment over this is­sue. He tells is­lan­ders it’s not on his agenda? What, why not? Is it not a ma­jor is­sue for so many is­lan­ders?

I won­der how he would have re­acted if this is­sue had been on the elec­tion trail. You can bet we’d have had many prom­ises to have the tolls re­moved. Now though he is elected and does not need our votes for an­other three or four years, he prob­a­bly thinks by then we will have for­got­ten the bridge! F. Ben Rodgers, Abram-Vil­lage

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