Letter: Vote ‘no’ in transit referendum

What a ridiculous concept to raise the sales tax in all of B.C. to fund transit initiates in Vancouver city.

To the editor;

Re: “Robertson, Hepner elected to lead mayors’ council,” CloverdaleReporter.com Jan. 16)

What a ridiculous concept to raise the sales tax in all of B.C. to fund transit initiates in Vancouver city.

The TransLink tax grab has only benefited north of the Fraser River for the last 25 years.

Surrey, which has shouldered all the high costs of commuting and [the] extra TransLink gas tax, now made even higher with tolls on two bridges and a third on the way. Give us a break. They are threatening “No Broadway corridor rapid transit” if the referendum is not passed. I say, Who cares?!

Vancouver does. So what?

I have lived in Surrey for over 25 years waiting for broken promises to be made good. And now it’s Vancouver again that gets the tax dole – with threats yet!

Who cares? Surrey has too many cars on the roads, too.

Surrey’s mayor, Linda Hepner, was made TransLink vice-chair, with a bigger TransLink salary no doubt (with a secret vote Friday Jan. 16, 2015) to get the “Yes” vote. [A] Stacked TransLink board.

What a joke! Surrey now has almost the same population as Vancouver city.

It’s time to make good on broken promises for our rapid transit corridor through to Langley (promised 25 years ago), before Vancouver gets a fifth rapid transit line north of the Fraser River on all of B.C.’s population this time!

Hey, why not just make the TransLink gas tax apply to all of B.C. That is fair too, isn’t it? Or [make] all the bridges in B.C. toll bridges?



Paul Fitzgerald


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