Minister’s accountability questioned

  • Mon Mar 3rd, 2014 12:00pm
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NDP Ferries critic Claire Trevena is questioning the accountability of Transportation Minister Todd Stone over the ferry consultation meetings held late last year.”After announcing devastating cuts to ferry services, the ministerÂ….said he would be accountable. He said he would look people in the eyes and talk to them about why it’s necessary,” Ms Trevena said the Legislature last week, “Â…I am curious about the minister’s own accountability. Could he tell this House how many of those meetings he attended?” Mr. Stone said the government was elected with a job to do, and job one is to balance the budget. “Â…We have just brought in our second consecutive balanced budget,” he said. Ms Trevena asked him again “how many meetings?” “If he had gone to any of those meetings, he’d have heard from people. He’d have heard from people who run business, like Heron Wier who runs the Moresby Explorers, who depends on BC Ferries, who could go out of business because of this government’s reckless actions,” Ms Trevena said. She also noted that there was no economic impact assessment before the cuts and no meaningful consultation. Paying consultants to look someone in the eye is not being accountable, she said.”To the minister, why didn’t he look Mr. Wier in the eye and the thousands of others around this province in the eye and tell them why their businesses are going to go under,” she said. Mr. Stone replied that British Columbians think balancing the budget is important, that he has met with countless elected officials, and that the government will continue to move forward to make Ferries sustainable and affordable.Ms Trevena is MLA for North Island (Vancouver Island).