Users of B.C. Ferries to pay increased fuel surcharge in 2014

Claire Trevena

Claire Trevena

The announcement of another fuel surcharge means ferry fares will rise by more than seven per cent in the next three months, and that hike will be a significant blow to coastal communities and the provincial economy, say New Democrats.

“As if a four per cent ferry fare hike coming in April wasn’t enough, B.C. Ferries users will now be hit with a 3.5 per cent fuel surcharge starting this month,” said New Democrat ferries critic Claire Trevena. “Since the Liberals have been mismanaging our ferry system, fares on some routes have risen by more than 100 per cent. Transportation Minister Todd Stone needs to stop proposing short-sighted cuts and fix this critical system.”

Trevena says these increases come alongside more bad news for affordability across the province. On Jan. 1, MSP premiums rose for the fifth year in a row, while tolls on the Port Mann Bridge doubled. In April, hydro rates will jump by nine per cent.

“Families in B.C. are struggling to make ends meet, and yet the Liberal government is rolling out one fee increase after another while making reckless cuts to services British Columbians depend on.”

Under the B.C. Liberals, ferry ridership has fallen, fares have climbed, debt at the corporation has ballooned, the government has failed to curb exorbitant executive bonuses, and now people up and down the coast are facing devastating service cuts, said Trevena.

“Our ferries are our coastal highways. They are essential to our provincial economy and critical to the health and viability of coastal communities. The B.C. Liberals need to come up with a long-term plan to turn around this failing system.”

One thought on “Users of B.C. Ferries to pay increased fuel surcharge in 2014

  1. thatsawrap

    Ms. Trevena, as NDP Ferries critic lists many perceived failings of the BC Liberal government in this interview.
    However – apart from suggesting exorbitant executive bonuses have not been curbed – offers no alternative plans her party would implement to improve our ferry system.

    BC citizens and voters are very aware of the problems she mentions.

    It is easy to criticize – but what we expect are more constructive detailed plans from her and her party on how they would implement better policies.

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