Mile Zero of the Trans Canada Highway begins down at Beacon Hill park, at the Pacific Ocean. It is where the highway, that runs across the nation starts, and seeing as how there is no bridge to the mainland, well, that would mean that the Ferry System is part of that highway system. Wouldn’t it?
Yet our brand of Harper Conservatives in BC, called the Campbell ( now Christy Clark )leased out the BC Ferries to a private organization.
As of the first, a car & driver will have to pay to go one way, from either Nanaimo or Victoria to Vancouver almost $50. Fares to the minor routes is also going up, but at least not as much as BC Ferries asked for.
One prime example of why we need Government oversight of things like ferries, like cable, like hydro, and other critical resources. Like the Oil Industry perhaps? We are getting an increase, but at least they aren’t dropping minor routes or gouging them as they wished. Small comfort to those who rely on those ferries, but better than nothing.
I don’t mind paying a user fee to cross the water, but when the Province owned & operated the Ferry System, it didn’t pay the head honcho A MILLION BUCKS A YEAR either.
Sure costs have gone up, mainly due to the cost of fuel. Yet not one single political party has the balls to put a lid on that insanity. Hell, the Oil Industry went & bought themselves a Government. It is called the Stephen Harper Conservatives.