With the New Year coming up and this thread still planned to be closed forever, I would like to repost perhaps my greatest contribution to the Evergreen Line project which has been a huge part of my life.
Back in July 11, 2011, there was a distinct possibility that this project, despite the sheer effort made by so many people to get this off the ground, may not go into fruition due to Premier Christy Clark's politicking with the mayors regarding its funding mechanism. So a few forumers rallied a letter writing campaign to convince her to move forward with it.
Originally Posted by queetz@home
Indeed! Thanks for the links, racc. Here is mine...
Dear Premier Clark,
I read an article in News 1130 indicating that you are not supportive of the gas tax hike being proposed by the Mayor's council with absolute disappointment. Being a former MLA for Port Moody, I am surprised that you would tolerate the possibility of even more delays on this already long overdue project. Furthermore, it is your government that insists that the mayors raise the funds for their share despite their extremely limited abilities.
The Mayor's Council has done its best despite insurmountable barriers imposed by your government to come up with a solution for the regional share of $400 million. And when they finally have a solution, its not good enough?
The gas tax is the one that makes the most sense as it does discourage excessive fuel consumption and encourages people to drive less, have more fuel efficient vehicles, and plan their trips more efficiently.
We all know taxes in whatever shape or form will go up regardless as our population increases, hence demand for services will surely rise. For a mere 2 cents a litre, one of the single most contentious transportation projects of the Greater Vancouver area that's been delayed for the last two decades can finally move forward.
Frankly, I am sick and tired of all this politicking! Whether it is the BC NDP or the BC Liberals in power, the Evergreen Line never gets done!
Then BC NDP Premier Ujjal Dosanjh backed away from a measly $75 vehicle levy that could have ensured completion of the Evergreen Line (known as Port Moody - Coquitlam Line) back then, as well as solved the chronic funding issues Translink has been having for the past decade. Judging by your comments shown today, it looks like you are following his footsteps.
Its time you show true leadership and make the tough decisions to get on with the very absolutely necessary Evergreen Line project....NOW!
I encourage everyone to write the premier and copy your MLAs.
I sent my letter to Premier Clark and copied MP James Moore, the BC Liberal Party President (I was a member) and Coquitlam Council but forgot to include Transport Minister Blair Lekstrom. I later got a reply from the Premier's office acknowledging it but also stating that they are sharing it with the Transport Minister, which indicated that it wasn't an auto-reply email.
Thank you for your email regarding the Evergreen Line and the proposed TransLink gas tax. We appreciate your input.
This is just a note to let you know that your correspondence has been shared with the Honourable Blair Lekstrom, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, for his review. He will ensure that your comments are included in ongoing discussions.
Again, thank you for writing.
I dunno if my letter or the others sent by SSP forumers made a difference but a couple of days later, Premier Clark did change her mind and backtracked on her threats.
In any case, I would like to thank everyone here who for one reason or the other, contributed to making the Evergreen Line possible!