Delphine Charmley, a mother who is planning to sue the BC Liberal government for discontinuing the annual bus pass given to low-income disabled people.
“To charge someone an additional $208 dollars for a service that they’ve already agreed to pay for, it’s wrong.”
Charmley says her two adoptive sons, Brandon and Nick, rely heavily on the bus pass.
Brandon has physical and developmental disabilities and Nick has autism, visual impairment and cerebral palsy.
But starting September, the government is charging $52 dollars a month for the passes, instead of the $45 a year people with disabilities used to pay.
“You can’t come halfway through a program and say ‘Oh well, you know what, we are going to charge you more’.”
Charmley says the Clark government’s decision to clawback disabled people’s bus passes is a breach of contract.
She argues this merits a lawsuit.
“So now the government comes along and they’re saying ‘well we want to charge you starting in September an additional $52 dollars’, well as far as I’m concerned, that’s a breach of service. If it means a court action in order for them to wake up and smell the coffee, then that’s what we are going to do.”
The yearly bus passes are issued to qualified low-income disabled people for free, but an administration fee of $45 is charged.
Even though the government announced a disability assistance raise of $77 dollars a month, Charmley says the new bus pass expense takes away most of the increase.