BC Green Platform: the Hate On for Cars Escalates

If you drive a car … or enjoy rides with friends or family who do … you should read the BC Greens’ Election Platform if you’re even thinking of voting for them.

The Greens will not form government after the Oct 24 election: BUT the influence, demands their latest extreme anti-car agenda could have in a minority government situation could hurt you badly.

“Stop fossil fuel subsidies and transition our economy” is one of the TOP Five priorities listed by Green Leader Sonia Furstenau Friday.

Sounds quite innocent … until you realize what it would mean … and read the Greens FULL platform: https://www.bcgreens.ca/platform?utm_campaign=201014_platform&utm_medium=email&utm_source=greenpartybc

Here are a few tidbits:

“If there is an upside to COVID, it is that we have developed a greater connection to our communities as we explored our communities on foot or by bicycle. We started to appreciate streets free of traffic congestion, and less time wasted sitting in traffic jams. Many of us are not in a hurry to return to the stress of the morning commute, the noise and the air pollution – not to mention the Greenhouse gas emissions!

” Getting around on foot or by bicycle or public transport enhances our sense of place, increases our connection to the community, and makes a positive contribution to our health and wellbeing as well as the environment,” the platform states.

And then comes the Greens’ solution:

” As BC turns its attention to economic recovery, we have a unique opportunity to hold on to some of these changes that have improved our quality of life, and helped build more resiliency into our communities. While local governments have shown leadership on this front, what has been missing is a provincial partner that tirelessly pursues the vision of enhancing the livability and sustainability of our cities.


“There are many things we can do, in partnership with local governments, to make our cities more attractive and inclusive places to live, work and play.”

The unspoken agenda: further restrict, punish and penalize those who drive cars!

Don’t see that yet?

Well, here’s some more … direct from the Greens platform:

“We would expand provincial funding for sustainable projects such as bike lanes, paths, parks, community spaces, and pedestrian-only streets.”

MORE bike lanes and MORE streets closed to vehicles.

Sure, that’s great if you work at home, live close to work, shop only close to home or are unemployed … but let’s keep it real: MANY, MANY people still need vehicles to get to their jobs, connect with their families, move goods and, may I dare say, even enjoy getting out for drives in and around their communities, their cities, their province.

ANYONE in those groups who vote Green could pay a very painful and heavy price down the road … literally!

If you think gas taxes, permit fees, parking rates/taxes are high enough, or higher than they should be … imagine what the Greens, with ANY power, would do with the power to push for new punishing vehicle and gas taxes, road usage metering or bridge tolling!

In fact, they lay out THEIR plan quite clearly in their platform, which I doubt most voters or the media have even read! But you really should if you’re even thinking of voting Green.

“Before COVID-19, we saw public transit ridership growing at significant rates, as many residents chose transit over a single-occupancy vehicle. COVID has dealt a temporary, but significant blow to the finances of our transit agencies. We cannot let our transit infrastructure be compromised by the pandemic – instead we need to double down on these investments,” the Greens say.

In fact, during the Leaders’ Debate, although no one seemed to notice, Furstenau was quite clear:

“We need to be making long-term decisions that get us to a place of resiliency that recognizes we have to have ways of getting people around mobility that doesn’t rely on single passenger vehicles,” the Green Leader said.

Ready to ride the bus to work or visit or shop?

They are NOT kidding:

“Investing in transit, livable cities and active transportation will not only help us meet our climate targets – it will improve our physical and mental wellbeing, the strength and connectedness of our communities, and our overall quality of life,” the Green platform adds.

Notice there is not a single word about recognizing, appreciating the necessity of personal cars or commercial vehicles by anyone to get around at all.

It would be the Stanley Park anti-car hate campaign taken province-wide!

As I have stated before, there WAS a time when I voted Green.

But the Greens today, having tasted a LITTLE power, have become extreme: it’s their way or the highway … or I should say almost NO highway! No more spending on improved roadways to ease car or truck movements and, very probably, huge increases in costs for those who dare to continue to use private vehicles.

Might sound great to those who don’t have vehicles or depend on relatives and friends to drive them around. |

However, think of how much the Green plan … of increased driving restrictions, higher costs, persecution of those with private vehicles … will add to the cost of just getting you to work or your groceries or anything else you buy to store shelves if the Greens win enough seats to exercise any power with their anti-vehicle hate.

You could pay a heavy cost for the Green agenda … even if you don’t drive.

So, as the old expression goes, be very careful what you vote for, because you might just get it by voting Green … and then suffer for it down the road.

Harv Oberfeld

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8 Responses to BC Green Platform: the Hate On for Cars Escalates

  1. DBW says:

    MORE CARS!! MORE CARS!! MORE CARS!!

    (Response: I prefer RESPECT FOR ALL!! That used to be the goal … before the fascist element of the Greens took over that party. h.o)

  2. Horace B. says:

    Seems like the Greens are a bother only in the City of Vancouver.
    For voters elsewhere in BC, a few seats to the Greens should not affect our lives. Since no party even pretends to be allied to the Libertarian movements, there is no harm in parking my vote with the Greens, since their long term goals are laudable.
    By the way, Coquitlam has a number of fantastic nature parks with water features and no roads: Minnekhada, Mundy, Colony Farm, Coquitlam River to name most.

    (Response: True, the Greens have been mostly “a bother” as you call it in Vancouver … because that’s where they have had considerable governing power. But be careful: learn from OUR misery. If the Greens are ever in a power position elsewhere in the province too …like holding a minority government up to ransom … they could insist in bringing parts of their platform that could BIG bucks to what you pay elsewhere in the province too for private cars/trucks … like higher gasoline taxes, road highway tolls and even higher ICBC rates. Woe to any voter/society that doesn’t believe a party will actually do what it says in its “platform”. h.o)

  3. nonconfidencevote says:

    I purchased a new truck 6 years ago. A gas guzzler.
    I work all over the Lower Mainland on a daily basis.
    Bussing, skytrain, etc IS NOT AN OPTION.
    I usually own my vehicles for 20 + years.
    I full expect this vehicle to last the sme amount of time.
    The next vehicle (hopefully) will be self driving and electric…..
    As for the Greens….if they implement any kind of drastic “ban the cars” ….jyst watch the backlash at the next election.
    A carless society?
    Not in the next 25 years at least.
    After that….. I wont be driving anyway.

    (Response: I support the idea that eventually vehicles should be electric …but if the Greens think we will all be cycling, walking or taking the bus, they are really too way out in far left field. And we should not give the current Greens ANY power to push their war on the car: even those who don’t drive would pay for all the extra fees and taxes they would pile on various businesses that depend on trucking to get their goods and their relatives and friends who do drive and often pick them up. h.o)

  4. Gilbert says:

    Yes, I agree. The Greens have made the wnvironment their religion. They are truly radical leftists who want to take us back to the Stone Age.

    (Response: Success in Canadian politics lies in the center … moderate left or moderate right. The Greens platform is a BULLY platform: no tolerance or accommodation for those with different needs. Too bad more people don’t actually read it and understand exactly what their plan is …before voting. h.o)

  5. harry lawson says:

    Harvey,

    You raise some very valid points, however i believe that we will have a NDP majority 50 plus seats . some may say that the greens will have no influence i say BS . what scares me more is the greenish leftest visionite wing of the NDP. at times they are even scarier then this round of greens.

    (Response: Readers will know I traditionally have liked minority governments, because any party with majority power, tends to become a dictatorship … imposing their will with impunity and often more unchallenged than usual with wasteful public spending/contracts/rewarding of friends and allies. BUT the minority only works well when the minority power is moderate and realizes most voters did not vote for them … so it exercises its “power” with discretion. The current Greens, as expressed in their own platform and the fascistic style of governance exercised by the Greens and their extremist COPE allies on the Vancouver Park Board are not moderate respectful or accommodating of any alternative needs or points of view: I believe they would inflict pain and suffering on millions just to push a Big Brother radical agenda … to be avoided. They should be sent a REJECTION of extremism message in this election …even if it means giving the NDP a (one-term?) majority. h.o)

  6. D. M. Johnston says:

    I have been involved with transit issues for over 35 years and even have been interviewed by Harvey once or twice, 20 years or so ago (must have been a slow news days).

    What really irks me about transit versus the car is that those who want to rid the cars from the roads have no real plan to do so and blunder along spending huge sums of money doing nothing and absolutely p***ing everyone off in the mean time. Example, the Stanley Park fiasco.

    The Greens have fallen for the old anti-auto trap and seem not have read much on modern public transport philosophy, nor do they understand transit history and make it up on the go, mostly pandering to the cycle lobby and other elitists and higher purpose persons.

    In Canada, cars are necessity, except in larger cities, where forms of public transport are available and only if the public transport is user friendly. In Vancouver it is but metro and suburban services are dismal and distinctly user-unfriendly.

    With our SkyTrain light-metro system; what was high tech and world class in 1986, is now dated tech, expensive to operate and obsolete, yet we keep planning and building with it, when no one else does.

    Recently Vancouver has been the example on “not how to build transit”.

    We are currently spending $4.6 billion to extend the E & M lines 12.8 km, yet for the cost, not take a car off the road. Subway are very poor in attracting ridership and the Surrey extension has little ridership demand for rapid transit.

    The Greens and the anti car zealots have seized on the theory that the more expensive transit is, the better it is. Well no, it isn’t, but this sort of crap has spread throughout SFU, UBC, Metro Vancouver and TransLink and the MoT as some sort of philosopher’s stone.

    The Greens are in the pocket of the radical cyclists, rails to trails types, and all sorts, of niche alternative transit types and cobble their anti car rhetoric to suit.

    When it comes to cars and public transport, the Greens, as well as the NDP and the Liberals are lost in the 1960’s, each making transportation policy on the fly and it will all end badly.

    (Response: I think the Greens could/should learn from Holland. There are millions of cyclists, and millions of car users …all of whom SHARE the road system quite peacefully, including separate bikeways and traffic lights. All WITHOUT wholesale prohibitions again left turn, right turns, or the complete banning/barring of cars (even along narrow canalside streets … as I’m sure the Greens would do here.) It is actually possible to promote and encourage greater cycling and pedestrian access (a GREAT environmental and health goal!) without persecuting and punishing drivers … but the Green platform is ONLY one-sided and would inflict great harm and pain on most British Columbians who may be thinking of giving them greater power, without realizing the consequences. h.o)

  7. D. M. Johnston says:

    Re: Holland.

    What makes cycling viable in Holland is that the major towns, Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Utrecht, have major tram systems and there is an excellent regional railway system.

    When it rains and it does a lot in the Netherlands, the bicycles are parked and the trams and trains are full.

    Also most commute distances for cyclist are less than 3 km.

    Living in the Netherlands for several months, the intricate planning for tram/auto/cyclist/pedestrian is a wonder compared to here. All lights are interactive giving, trams first priority, then bikes, then pedestrians then cars.

    Also the Netherlands is flat, which makes using a bicycle much easier.

    All the Greens have done is look at those nice postcards of Holland in the sunshine and then forcing an unworkable solution here. Go there in November in winter storms and count the cyclists, very very few.

    (Response: The NEW Greens platform doesn’t seem to realize that in our urban areas, cars are for many a necessity, not a frill reserved for only the rich. And as I wrote in my Blog piece, people should NOT vote Green unless they are prepared to pay more .. a LOT more …for driving a car, or being driven places by friends or family who do. h.O)

  8. e.a.f. says:

    This is not Europe. Cars are a necessity in North America. The distances are too great to use public transportation for everything. Ms. F has obviously never had children and lived in say, Richmond and worked there. Given the day care system a parent will usually have to drive two of their children to two separate day cares and then get to work. Just how are you going to do that on public transport? Now if you live in Richmond and work in Vancouver does she really have any idea what it is like to take a 2 year old to their day care, then the 5 year old to the other day care and then get to work in Vancouver or even Burnaby all on public transport. A car is a necessity. She needs to take her head out of her ass.

    As to fewer cars on the road during the height of COVID, yes I could get from Yale town to Richmond in 25 minutes in rush hour, such as it was. However, what she doesn’t seem to understand, many weren’t working from home, thousands were unemployed and being kept afloat by the federal government’s cash infusions. People don’t work where they live in North American. Now in some European countries they do because housing is different there. the government owns a lot of it,. in some countries a great deal of the housing stock, i.e. Netherlands, their federal government owns 42% of the housing stock. Living close to work, not so much of a problem. Then there is the fact that the Netherlands is a very small country. Yes, you can commute from Rotterdam to Amsterdam on a daily basis, either by train or car. At one time you could not live in downtown Rotterdam if you did not work there. How do you think that one would go over in North America? (housing shortage in the area so who lived there was restricted as late as 1969).

    I’m all for not subsidizing oil companies because most are not owned by Canadians. they simply operate here. After that, Ms. F lost me. Further increases in the cost of operating a vehicle will simply cause financial hardship on working middle class families and singles. Does Ms. F not know that many 20 somethings work two or three jobs to stay afloat and need vehicles to get around. With the lower mainland’s two major universities being at either end of Greater Vancouver, you need a car to get around, even if you’re a “poor” student. Just try getting from Richmond to U.B.C. Kids who live in White Rock/South Surrey, find it just too difficult to go by transit to S.F.U.

    Ms. F lives on Vancouver Is. and if you live and work in any of the small towns, yes you can get by without a vehicle. However, if you live in the Comox Valley and work in Nanaimo how does she plan on you getting to work. Then there are those who work in Victoria but are priced out of that market so the live in Duncan and commute each day by vehicle. How is that going to work if they can’t use that vehicle?

    Now having travelled around the north and Kootenays, lots of people live on small ranches and work in town. Has she any idea of the distance people travel each day to get to work? Oh and lets not forget the weather in the northern part of B.C. — outside of the lower mainland. It snows, it freezes, you can die of hypothermia. A bike isn’t going to cut it and there is not enough public transport to get around. Perhaps Ms. F. doesn’t remember all the women murdered on the Highway of Tears and what it took to get a bus service. It took decades. Not having a car can increase the chances of a woman being murdered by a serial killer. Ms. F. needs to think about that. Ms. F. needs to think of the number of people in this province who live in fear of an ex who means them harm and they need a vehicle to get to work and remain safe. What about those with limited mobility and there are a lot. They used to die in car accidents. these days, they live and can return to work, continue with their lives, but they need a vehicle. Public transport is not an option. For people with Parkinsons, public transport is not an option.

    I’d like to see Ms. F. or any Green Party member take a toddler, infant, and 6 yr old on a bus to day care, school, and work on public transport. That is the reality of many people in the lower mainland. Changing jobs isn’t an option. Not only because of wages, but for many its the pension at the end of the working years.

    O.K. its time for coffee, thanks for letting me rant on this item. I’m all for increasing public transport, but it doesn’t work for many. Like non confidence, I keep my vehicles until they’re dead and I do mean dead/. Currently I am still driving my 2007 model van, purchased new in that year. I can’t go grocery shopping with out it. I can’t get to the hospital or dr. with out it. I’m old. If I get on a bike, I’ll fall, break a hip and most likely die.

    The Greens need to get dose of reality.

    (Response: Exactly. The Greens don’t seem to know how to share and co-operate: their platform projects a society where we all live in villages …with everything we need or should be allowed to enjoy is either within walking, cycling or public transit distance … or we will have to pay through the teeth to get to by private car. And many of those who are thinking of voting for the Greens have not actually read their platform or listened closely to what they really say or look carefully at what they have done in Vancouver, where they have some power. And yet, if the Greens do get to hold the balance of power again, the price they exact could cost those who vote for them dearly. h.o)

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