We need accountability from Ferries, not arrogance: Coons

  • Oct. 24, 2008 7:00 a.m.

Gordon Campbell and Kevin Falcon have failed to ensure BC Ferries is meeting the needs of the communities that rely on ferry service, according to NDP MLA Nicholas Simons. That’s the message from a town hall meeting held Gibsons recently, organized in response to the public anger over the reduction of ferry service to the Sunshine Coast. “There was a lot of frustration expressed by residents that travel back and forth to the mainland regularly – for work, for family, for recreational commitments,” said Mr. Simons. “It shows a complete lack of respect by the Campbell government and BC Ferries that service was reduced without any notice or consultation”. NDP Ferries Critic Gary Coons attended the meeting. “I heard the same frustration that I heard last night just a few months ago up in the Queen Charlottes when BC Ferries cuts their ferry service levels with no consultation. My office has been flooded with calls, emails and letters from people who feel their ferry service isn’t responsive to the needs of the people on the coast,” said Mr. Coons. “I raised those concerns with the minister in August, and nothing changed,” he said. “The Campbell government continues to turn its back on coastal communities. We need accountability, not arrogance.” More than 300 people attended the Gibsons meeting. Issues raised ranged from getting to and from work, making it possible for youth sports teams to remain competitive and engaged, and tourism.