NDP gets F for ferry re­search

Times Colonist - - Comment -

Re: “NDP prom­ises to freeze fares on ma­jor B.C. ferry routes,” April 14.

We are all used to hear­ing the strangest prom­ises from politi­cians at elec­tion time. I have not made up my mind about my vote. But the one thing I sure do is to ver­ify facts and find out which prom­ises are based on ob­jec­tive re­al­i­ties.

The NDP an­nounce­ment (prom­ise) about B.C. Fer­ries fares shows it does not have a clue how the cor­po­ra­tion works. Fares on small routes are highly sub­si­dized al­ready. To “cut” rates, it only means the money re­quired to run them is go­ing to come from all tax­pay­ers’ pock­ets.

Also, freez­ing fares on ma­jor routes, the only ones that pro­vide B.C. Fer­ries with pos­i­tive cash flow, means that ex­pen­sive cap­i­tal in­vest­ment will have to be can­celled, de­layed or, you guessed it, paid for by all tax­pay­ers in B.C.

How do I know this? All the num­bers are avail­able in the B.C. Fer­ries an­nual re­ports to the B.C. Ferry Com­mis­sioner, which is, by the way, the one that sets the fare con­di­tions, in the­ory, arms-length away from politi­cians.

If this were a school project, I would have to give the NDP an “F” in its re­search. Let us hope the other top­ics be­ing dis­cussed in the elec­tion will be based on bet­ter facts. Daniel Sanchez Vic­to­ria

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