|Kamloops MLA, and Minister of Transportation, Todd Stone|
on hand for "Completion" notice of the Port Mann Bridge
That the Liberals should have such a conversion on the eve of an election campaign is kind of like Paul's conversion on the road to Damascus: it reverses many years of an opposite policy. But of course it still doesn't address the underlying problems in financing transportation projects in Metro Vancouver and around the province, namely that the Liberals' new quasi-privatized bridges have become chronic money-losers for the provincial government.
The folly of the Liberals' bridge financing model is seen in the fact that many thousands of drivers will go far out of their way to avoid the perceivably over-priced tolls on the Port Mann Bridge - some of which reflect the extra costs of the P3 model imposed by former premier Gordon Campbell in order to use the still-free Pattullo bridge, thereby creating an often huge traffic congestion problem there.
But now on the eve of an election the Liberals have noticed they're in danger of losing so, like a chronic gambler, they've doubled down on an even more ludicrous bet and then the New Democrats double down on that.
The B.C. Green Party meanwhile signaled that their heads are in the sand too by indicating they would retain the tolling policy apparently as an environmental policy designed to discourage driving to work. Instead their policy is to "encourage" more people to car-pool or use transit, even though it should be obvious that those choices are impractical, or simply not available to most commuters. But hey who cares when we're supposedly saving the world from catastrophic climate change eh?
To be fair, there should be lots of room in B.C.'s rubber budgets to find a few hundred million dollars to subsidize transportation that facilitates commerce - except of course that the Liberals for the last 16 years have been pillaging the Crown corporations' savings accounts to falsely make it look like B.C. has had a string of balanced budgets and Canada's strongest economy and many other such claims, all dubious when one digs down for the facts.
Canada's lowest unemployment?
Canada's strongest economy?