Hard to believe the BC Ferries is making cuts to the Langdale run to Horseshoe Bay that may not greatly inconvenience all of us but 30,000 taxpayers are about to lose sailings that are very important when you need them.
The part that astonishes me is that the amount of savings reported until 2016 will only be $200,000. I find it deeply ironic and disconcerting that this amount is trumpeted as an important saving when it barely amounts to the bonuses that each manager has been getting. In fact, if only one top manager were to gratefully accept earnings of $300,000 per year we could keep our entire schedule.
Are these people paid the big bucks to shut down the ferries and reduce service or provide us sustainable delivery of transportation? Clearly they will not see expanded ridership and revenues by eliminating, rather than discounting, underutilized sailings. How easy would it be for BC Ferries to provide a driver who takes the first ferry a discount card that states, “User can take advantage of a 25 per cent discount if returning on the last ferry?”
To eliminate service rather than creatively increase usage with flexible rates is hardly what someone should get paid half a million a year to do. Most managers making those dollars do so because they successfully compete against other businesses.
When one considers the recent revelations that the Washington ferry system, which is comparable in scale, pays its top managers less than one-third what the BC Ferries is paying theirs it becomes clear that the priorities of the BC Ferries is to retain their top managers as opposed to serve the public.
And further, how is it good for our economy to lose the local wages that went into servicing these runs and that money retained in a manager’s pockets in Victoria?