MP works against ma­jor­ity of Is­lan­ders

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

Re: Guardian 23rd Jan 2016. Lawrence Ma­cAulay fears the Wood Is­land ferry ser­vice would be threat­ened if tolls were re­moved from the Con­fed­er­a­tion Bridge. The P.E.I. MP points out the ob­vi­ous: “Let’s be very clear, if you are go­ing to start mak­ing things free, you have to make other things free, and how far down road do you go” end quote.

In his long and well-paid ca­reer as a MP, his most sig­nif­i­cant ac­com­plish­ment was prob­a­bly keep­ing the ferry run­ning. Is­lan­ders are aware ferry em­ploy­ees are mostly con­stituents from his rid­ing. I have no ob­jec­tions to him look­ing af­ter the peo­ple that have kept him elected for all th­ese years. How­ever, if he be­lieves we should all be pay­ing the an­nual in­creas­ing bridge fees in or­der to run a ferry that at best, takes some heavy trucks and a mod­icum of tourist traf­fic thru the sum­mer months, he needs to re­ally think again.

The ma­jor­ity of Is­lan­ders travel off is­land via the bridge whether it be sum­mer or win­ter. There are four ob­vi­ous rea­sons for this: (1) it is more con­ve­nient; (2) faster than the ferry (10 min­utes op­posed to one hour fif­teen min­utes); (3) the cost is con­sid­er­ably lower than the ferry; (4) ferry doesn’t run thru the win­ter months.

Should Mr. Ma­cAulay have his way we will not see a toll free bridge, even though it is some­thing I’m sure all is­lan­ders would ap­pre­ci­ate. No one wishes to see Is­lan­ders lose their jobs, it is nev­er­the­less a fact of life, things change and peo­ple move on. I’m ex­as­per­ated and ex­tremely dis­ap­pointed to see an Is­land Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment who is clearly work­ing against the ma­jor­ity of is­lan­ders. F. Ben Rodgers, Abram-Vil­lage

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