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Do the right thing BC Ferries

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Editor:

BC Ferries says eliminating sky-high salaries and bonuses will keep fare costs down.

I ask both parties to “do the right thing” by B.C. taxpayers, suggestions, as follows:

1) Reduce BC Ferries “sky high salaries” and eliminate bonuses. Period.

2) Please reverse your plans to put slot machines on your suggested ferry run.

I believe that your idea is not ethical and should be reversed immediately.

From media reports I have learned that since 2002/03, with the introduction of slot machines, the number of addicted gamblers has almost tripled. For those gambling addicts who will be travelling on your Swartz Bay to Tsawwassen route, it is unconceivable to have them virtually held hostage on a one-plus-hour voyage, where they literally cannot drive away, in a vehicle, from the temptation of gambling, as they would be on a ferry.

I am confident that many other B.C. residents, who will undoubtedly have a far greater understanding about gambling addictions will have written you with their serious and grave concerns about your seemingly out of touch with reality proposal, hopefully not a decision. Again, please reverse your announcement, immediately.

3) Eliminate former BC Ferry staff’s free lifetime ridership, on BC Ferries, as soon as you possibly can.

4) Eliminate MLA’s free lifetime ridership on BC Ferries. The MLAs can afford to pay full fares as our salaries and pensions more than adequately compensate them.

Do the right thing for all B.C. taxpayers

Rosemary Roberts

Gibsons


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