The leader of the opposition says the federal budget should be the impetus to break through the logjam on transit projects in Metro Vancouver.
John Horgan says the requirement to have a referendum on any new funding mechanism has been a roadblock.
“We have wasted three years of the Christy Clark mandate without any meaningful action on transit improvements in the lower mainland because of their requirement for a referendum to meet the funding needs over the long term. With the federal government coming forward with a 50% contribution I believe that is a golden opportunity for immediate action.”
Horgan says the Trudeau government now picking up up to 50% of the bill for transit projects is a golden opportunity, and the province should act as quickly as possible.
“I believe that we need to sit down and talk to the mayors. Talk to the mayors council and find out how comfortable they are in realizing the monies they will need to meet the list of projects that we need to move forward on.”
Mayors have to come up with a way to cover the region’s 17% share, but the plan to come up with the cash is still unclear.