Scrap Privatization Plans For Ferry Routes, Urges Ndp
Coons says ferry users oppose Campbell’s plan to sub-contract routes
VICTORIA – The Campbell government should scrap its efforts to sub-contract some ferry routes to private companies, says New Democrat ferry critic Gary Coons.
“I’ve travelled the coast of British Columbia speaking to communities about our ferries,” said Coons. “Everywhere I go, residents say they do not welcome the CampbellB.C. government’s persistent attempts to sub-contract ferry routes up and down the coast of B.C.
"The Campbell government is out of touch with coastal communities."
Coons noted B.C. Ferries have declared their intent to sub-contract out routes to the Ferry Commissioner as recently as March 27, in their second term report."The risks to coastal communities of contracted out routes are great," said Coons. "The Campbell government is trying to offload subsidies and responsibility, and this could lead to reduced service and quality and even higher fares."