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Bill 43 forced through

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The Georgia Strait on the NDP response to Bill 43 and the quite realistic expectation that it signals the start of a process.

After all it worked to free the port and airport from any kind of control – and elsewhere Falcon is also announcing a continuation of the favourable tax treatment of the Port. And of course the people who run those operations are able to operate with almost no public oversight or the need to report to any elected body. It is therefore no surprise that airport operations are increasingly the subject of completely futile complaints by the people affected by aircraft noise, the shooting of protected species of birds proceeds with no interference and the building of a completely unnecessary port expansion is proceeding now with spoil dumping at Roberts Bank shown on the latest map from Metro Vancouver as a site of “very high biodiversity value” as well as fish and waterfowl habitat

“Ensure the long term proection of critical habitat areas”

Written by Stephen Rees

November 29, 2007 at 4:19 pm

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  1. Falcon is clearly out to lunch, and I can’t see this doing any good for transit. But there are two things that confuse me.

    1) The current Translink hasn’t delivered a great deal of sensible things, so I’m not really worried about Falcon’s new system being any worse. Translink is currently being defended as more democratic, but that implies that you can actually have your voice heard at Translink. I’m not sure people at the Bus Riders’ Union feel they’ve *ever* been heard.

    2) What does it mean when this move is described as the privatization of Translink? Is that privatization in the same way as BC Ferries, where it’s no longer a crown corp, but still owned by the government? I always thought ownership by the government was the definition of crown corp. The BC Ferries thing still doesn’t make sense to me. It’s a great way to make the organization less transparent though.


    November 30, 2007 at 2:33 pm

  2. 1) Translink was not especially democratic, and was hard to defend for that reason. But at least all its Board Members were elected locally. None of the new “professional” board will be responsible to any electorate

    2) GVTA was an odd institution: it was not a crown corporation (like BC Transit) nor was it a company. It is not privatisation either since the new body is still controlled by its own, unique provincial legislation. It will now most definitely now under the influence of the private sector – but it does not have the structure of a private sector organisation. The precedents set by YVR and the Vancouver Port Authority (or whatever it now calls itself) are not encouraging.

    Stephen Rees

    November 30, 2007 at 4:20 pm

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