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LETTERS: Gov’t thrown under bus


Re: Tax critics face their own revolt, March 6 letters.

In defending TransLink, Surrey Board of Trade CEO Anita Huberman states: “Property is owned and has been developed by the B.C. government for transit users.”

Therefore, why is TransLink charging for parking at that expansion site?

Laurie Mark, Surrey

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Considering the repeated inability of TransLink to manage its assets – be it the expensive transit police, the overbudget Compass Card program, the transit police’s explosive-on-a-jetliner fiasco, employees taking 60 per cent more sick days than the average non-government employee or the half-million-dollar expenditure on 13 television screens, etc. – the B.C. government ultimately should have known better than to ask TransLink to manage something as complicated as a $4.5-million parking lot.

TransLink has been the one responsible for the mismanagement of the lot, leading to it sitting empty on most days (Tax critics snort at barren park-and-ride, Feb. 27).

We are confident the Teddy Waste Award was, in fact, directed to the correct public body. Specifically on the mismanagement, the lot sits empty today – and every day – due to TransLink’s complete and utter disconnect with its customers.

While the Canadian Taxpayers Federation supports user-pay mechanisms, we are not naive to believe they work in every circumstance, and certainly make little sense when hundreds of parking stalls sit empty as commuters spill into surrounding neighbourhoods.

We at the CTF take math seriously and, upon double-checking, we are confident zero cars paying $2 each results in $0 revenue for TransLink.

Scott Hennig, Canadian Taxpayers Federation



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