General News · 30th May 2012
North Island MLA Claire Trevena described the planned changes to BC Ferries as a betrayal of coastal communities.
Speaking in the Legislature, Trevena said people ”could not believe - they really could not believe - that they would be so let down by government. They had put a huge amount of faith, in a non-partisan way, in trying to get the ferry system back under highways, and they have felt completely betrayed.”
The amendments the BC Liberal government are pushing through do nothing to stop ferry fares rising and they allow for the ferry service to communities to be changed.
“These could be vibrant communities, but without a highway system, these communities don't have a hope,” Trevena said in the Legislature.
“ So I have a question for the Minister of Transportation: why has he given up on coastal communities? Why has he given up on ferry-dependent communities?”
Trevena spoke of the impact on businesses and families who rely on ferries, both in smaller island communities and in larger centres such as Campbell River, Courtenay and Victoria.
She urged the government to recognise that escalating fares and now uncertainty about the stability of routes is undermining the security of tens of thousands of British Columbians.
With just a couple of days remaining in the Legislative session the legislation will not get the full scrutiny that it demands before the government forces an end to debate and uses its majority to pass it.