Disability advocates are launching an online petition demanding the provincial government restore funding to the B.C. Bus Pass Program.
“People with disabilities struggle with impossible pressures, including whether to get a bit of extra money to buy food or take the bus. We are falling behind and desperately need a rate increase that reflects the cost of living in BC,” states the petition, which has attracted just under 700 signatures.
The province used to cover the costs of a $52 dollar transit pass for more than 50,000 people on disability. But in this week’s budget, that was cancelled, in exchange for a $77 dollar increase in disability assistance.
Faith Bodnar with Inclusion BC is behind the petition, and is calling for the program to be restored.
“They’ve given with one hand and taken back with another. It is pretty offensive.”
“Finance Minister, I know who you are, please don’t do this to people with disabilities… I think that the government should put it back on again and say ‘hey, we apologize.’ It only cost us $45/year and that came off of our disability cheque.”
Earlier this week, B.C. Premier Christy Clark said people on disability pensions are now “better off.”