Time for senior officials to act

Editor:

Re: Surrey’s $1.8-billion transit bid derided, Dec. 3.

Editor:

Re: Surrey’s $1.8-billion transit bid derided, Dec. 3.

Seems Surrey wants to bypass TransLink and get its rail problems solved directly.

Surrey has the nerve to expect the feds to pay for light-rapid transit through the federal Build Canada program.

This is an excellent idea and will force Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservatives to put up or shut up. If they wish to boast they are helping Canada, then here is their chance with one of Canada’s largest municipalities.

But up pops Burnaby’s NDP Mayor Derek Corrigan, claiming Surrey Mayor Diane Watts is just “posturing.”

What a pathetic response to an imaginative initiative.

He wants to know where the money is coming from. Well, if he had been paying attention, he would have noticed how our provincial government has off-loaded its responsibility for transportation to a useless organization – TransLink – and a bunch of self-serving local politicians. Meanwhile, we are being asked to pay for more tolls on bridges, roads, borders etc.

Let’s remind people that the BC Liberals have sold off the people’s natural resources for bargain-basement prices – unlike Norway – and reduced taxes by 50 per cent on B.C.’s richest one per cent: high-income individuals and profitable corporations.

Don’t ask if B.C. can afford all this, when we have given away billions to a handful of very rich people who don’t need any handouts.

Civilized societies expect governments to provide good transportation and to manage effectively.

Seems Watts hasn’t forgotten this obligation.

Herb Spencer, Surrey

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Homemade explosives detonated in South Surrey

Police asking public for help identifying those responsible

White Rock highrise on hold after workers exhibit ‘severe’ overexposure symptoms

WorkSafeBC issued stop-work order at 1588 Johnston Rd. site on July 24

More than 50,000 checks: Surrey COVID-19 compliance, enforcement team’s role has ‘evolved’

Joint bylaw, RCMP team created to help with coronavirus education, support

White Rock’s top cop calls for ‘healthcare led intervention model’

Review aims for better understanding of crime related to mental health, substance use

Surrey man found guilty in West Kelowna killing of common-law spouse

Tejwant Danjou was convicted of second-degree murder in the July 2018 death of Rama Gauravarapu in West Kelowna

‘Don’t kill my mom’: Ryan Reynolds calls on young British Columbians to be COVID-smart

‘Deadpool’ celebrity responds to premier’s call for social influence support

Expected fall peak of COVID-19 in Canada could overwhelm health systems: Tam

National modelling projections released Friday show an expected peak in cases this fall

Hundreds of sea lions to be killed on Columbia River in effort to save endangered fish

Nearly 22,000 comments received during public review were opposed, fewer than 200 were for

B.C.’s fuel suppliers to publish prices to provide accountability: minister

Bruce Ralston says move will ensure industry publicly accountable for unexplained prices increases

Roots and Blues online festival live tonight on Black Press Media

Tune in to Black Press Media to watch the festival live Aug. 14, 15 and 16

Man suffers serious injuries in bear attack in remote area near Lillooet

It was deemed a defensive attack, no efforts were made to locate the animal

Missed rent payments because of COVID-19? You have until July 2021 to pay up

Each monthly instalment must be paid on the same date the rent is due

U.S.-Canada pandemic border restrictions extended into September

‘We will continue to keep our communities safe,’ says Public Safety Minister Bill Blair

578 British Columbians currently infected with COVID-19

Seventy-eight new cases confirmed in past 24 hours

Most Read