Interim TransLink CEO Doug Allen has demonstrated perfectly how out of touch with the public TransLink officials are.
After Metro voters SOUNDLY rejected the TransLink extra sales tax referendum, Allen told reporters:
“I know some of you will say, ‘Well, this is really about TransLink’. It was not. ”
YES, IT WAS!!!! BIG TIME!
Almost everyone I know who voted NO said they wouldn’t mind a small temporary sales tax to build a first-class transit system in the city … BUT NOT THE WAY TRANSLINK CURRENTLY WORKS>
Read it and weep, Doug …for MANY people it WAS about TransLink … its waste, its incompetence …real or perceived, its lousy handling of the money it already has and a complete belief that TransLink WOULD squander and overspend much of what it received if the vote had passed.
“TransLink was not on the ballot,” Allen had insisted.
“There were two parts. A 10-year investment plan and a tax increase. And it is my view that the public across the Lower Mainland said ‘no’ to a tax increase,” he explained.
I believe that’s a total head-in-the sand attitude.
In the coming federal election, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau will NOT be on the ballot (except in their own ridings). But believe me, in almost EVERY riding right across the country … it will be THEM who MOST Canadians will be voting for/against when marking our ballots.
True, policies and promises and tax increases will also be deciding factors …but believe me, the BIGGEST factor will be Harper or Mulcair or Trudeau!
If TransLink is to ever restore public confidence in public transit in the Lower Mainland, it should start by keeping it real …and admitting IT is part of the problem … a BIG part.
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