- Our Town
To the Editor:
I have just read an article about the opening of the South Fraser Gateway. BC Transportation Minister Todd Stone apparently has travelled the province to emphasize the value of the Gateway to the provincial economy. A lot of British Columbians, he said, do not yet understand its long-term significance. “We really want to make sure British Columbians understand the connection among all of these major infrastructure investments and their quality of life”.
I wonder if Minister Stone has understood the long-term significance on the quality of life that his decree that the BC Ferry Corporation save $235,000 over two years by cutting early morning sailings to and from Bowen Island on the weekends. There have been 35 families personally interviewed who would either lose their jobs or have to move their families from the safe environs of Bowen Island to the mainland. The economic impact of this is well over $1 million per year to the island’s economy.
What about the effects of the BC Ferry infrastructure cut and their long-term significance to our economy and our residents’ quality of life, Mr. Minister?