Re: "Transport funds unevenly spent," Dec. 4.
There is a serious lack of a sense of proportion in many of the discussions about ferry costs. Of course, efficiency and economy should be sought every-where in government. But focusing ad nauseam on revenue shortfalls on some routes, while scarcely raising an eyebrow about much larger amounts in other areas of spending, is fruitless. This overweening attention shows a failure to understand the larger picture.
As one example, more than $2 billion has been spent or committed on the Sea to Sky Highway. That highway serves largely recreational purposes, yet it is toll-free.
Wherever B.C. Ferries provide lifelines for communities, they should be treated consistently as an integral part of the whole transportation infrastructure of the province. That structure - and others, the provision of power being one - bring the people of B.C. together as a coherent and effective social, economic and political entity. Without them, the province would be badly fragmented.
While minor tweakings to ferry costs may bring some savings, broadly speaking, I believe the B.C. ferry system is efficiently run. It copes very well with our challenging coastal geography.
Mentioning the electric-power infrastructure is relevant. Residential consumers, wherever they may be in the province, pay the same rate for power.
However far away the source of generation, however difficult the terrain or bodies of water over or under which the power is transmitted, the costs are pooled to determine an overall rate which applies equally.
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