Premier Christy Clark is brushing off calls to cancel the transit tax plebiscite saying it’s important to give people a say.
And for those who think TransLink itself is the problem, Clark says it’s up to Metro Vancouver mayors to fix it.
“You know the province has made a major contribution to this and I think we’ve really done what we can. TransLink belongs to the mayors, and only the mayors. If there are problems that need to be addressed in Translink, [the mayors] can fix those problems because it’s not a provincially run organization.”
As for criticism that Translink’s bad image and lack of accountability are undermining the Yes campaign Clark says that’s also the mayors’ problem.
“You know it’s really been the mayors leading it, as it should be, it’s their organization.”
But NDP critic George Heyman says Translink exists because of provincial legislation and it’s frightening Clark doesn’t get that.
“The transportation minister should probably sit her down and explain his government’s, her government’s own legislation to her until she gets it.”
The government insists it has no direct control over Translink.
In fact, TransLink was established through provincial legislation.