As the province announces more details in its plan to replace the George Massey tunnel, the premier says she will not change B.C.’s tolling policy.
Mayors have long called for all crossings to be tolled so that some commuters aren’t dinged while others have to pay.
“That is a discussion (the mayors) are going to continue to have at TransLink. At the moment, it is not something that we are considering.”
Clark says the plan is to build the $3.5-billion bridge replacing the tunnel as economically as possible to keep tolls down.
She says people living south of Fraser River want the bridge built and don’t mind tolls as long as they are reasonable.
Meanwhile, Clark says she’s not terribly concern about fracking-related earthquakes in Northern BC and how it might impact her aspirations for a major liquefied natural gas industry here.
The BC Oil and Gas Commission says a 4.6-mangniture earthquake in August in northern B.C. was linked to fracking, or hydraulic fracturing.
Clark says BC is on the front edge of monitoring fracking-related seismic activity.
“We monitor very closely, in fact we monitor seismic activity in the northeast more than, I think, any other jurisdiction in the world does, when it comes to fracking. Certainly in North America.”
On another topic, Clark says there are no plans to replace or scrap the office of BC’s Children and Youth Representative.
On Tuesday, a report made several recommendations to help improve how the Ministry of Children and Families looks after kids in foster care.
While the document speculated the watchdog’s office might soon become redundant, Clark says that is not her thinking.
“That office has existed since Ted Hughes first recommended it, it has made a tremendous difference. Different people who have occupied it over the years have made a tremendous difference in improving the lives of thousands of children all over the province. It has played a really, really important role.”