The B.C. Liberal convention has wrapped up and while the meeting showcased new candidates for next spring’s election, key issues were also discussed.
One contentious issue? Ride Sharing.
Delegates voted 81 per cent in favor of ride sharing apps like Uber.
But even with majority support, Minister Responsible for TransLink Peter Fassbender says don’t expect the province to expedite the process.
“We’re moving ahead as quickly as we have felt is appropriate, there are a lot of implications. Minister Todd Stone has a number of piece of legislation that would be affected as do I under the community charter and the Vancouver charter. We’re going to stay the course to make sure that we do it right, that we respect the commitments we made.”
Fassbender says the Liberals want to make sure there’s a level playing field with the taxi industry.
“It’s going to take the time that we need, here are legislative and regulatory issues that need to be addressed. People just need to stay tuned and they will know what the government’s position is before the next election.”
Consultations have wrapped up, the Liberals are now looking at recommendations for legislative changes.
But one NDP critic says the vote shows the party has its priorities mixed up.
“What I find most fascinating though is that this was the priority for debate at the convention.”
Coquitlam-Maillardville MLA Selina Robinson wasn’t enthused about the 81 per cent of party members asking B.C. to adopt legislation for ride-sharing at the nearest opportunity.
“We have the highest child poverty rate, we have a housing crisis we’ve never seen before in this province, we have stagnant wages, issues around education in our province, and the number one issue the BC Liberals decided that they needed to debate was whether or not they need to have ride share.”
Robinson accuses the Liberals have looking “at new shiny things,” as opposed to tackling real problems.