The following letter was sent to Premier Christy Clark and copied to Coast Reporter.
Dear Premier Clark:
We must express our surprise and concern that the BC Ferries organization has seen fit to cut the fares benefit to seniors, i.e. they can no longer travel free on certain days of the week, while also cutting services that are essential to those living on the Sunshine Coast.
As one of those residents who retired here after our working lives where we contributed much to B.C. and Canada, we feel that this government, by supporting BC Ferries, is reneging on its responsibility to coastal communities, specifically the Sunshine Coast.
I should add that my husband, now in his ‘90s (a Navy veteran of the Second World War) is one of many war veterans who make up the large retirement community of the Sunshine Coast. Those of us who were not in the military, but have given in many other ways in their working career, including teaching, nursing, medicine, engineering, fishing and logging, do not expect to be treated so cavalierly after a lifetime of service.
If the ferries cannot function without extra funding for new infrastructure, it would appear that the population as a whole should be considering through taxes as is done with other major highways, and not selectively targeting that portion of the province least able to pay for these suddenly imposed fares. At present it seems that Ferries regard our seniors as milk cows to pay for the ferries own ineptitude.
Maybe it is time to return ferries to the direct jurisdiction of the provincial government.
Barbara and John Robertson, Sechelt