The Minister responsible for TransLink is firing back at the B.C. NDP after its leader announced it would increase funding for public transportation improvements in the region if elected next spring.
Peter Fassbender says he’s not surprised NDP Leader John Horgan upped the ante by announcing he would boost the provincial share for transit funding from 33 per cent to 40 per cent.
But Fassbender questions how that’s going to be done.
“I’m not surprised that Mr. Horgan is saying what he is without telling anyone how they are going to raise the money, especially as the opposition they’ve been against any project that has helped to build the economy.”
So where’s that extra funding coming from?
“What people need to remember and of course Mr. Horgan doesn’t think about this, that the tax payers in Metro Vancouver have been relieved of the hospital capital tax that’s paid throughout the rest of the province which actually increases the provincial share to transportation.”
Asked if there was any wiggle room for the province to put up more than its 33 per cent share, Fassbender says no.
He says the province stands by its 33 per cent portion, leaving Metro Vancouver mayors on the hook for 17 per cent while Ottawa is funding half of the 10-year regional transportation plan.