Originally Posted by SpongeG
translink had flaws - i think a big problem was it was an unelected body that wanted to impose things on the general public - such as levies
The changes that the province is imposing won't make TransLink any more accountable at the ballot box.
Before, the board was made up of elected local councillors and mayors, who could be removed by being defeated in municipal elections, as happened to TransLink chairs George Puil and Doug McCallum in 2002 and 2005.
The proposed model will replace the board with
- a "council of mayors," which sounds more or less like the current model, except possibly weighted less by population (it depends how many mayors, and from where);
- an appointed board of "experts" (who may well know more about the topic than local councillors, but who will be accountable only to the provincial government that appoints them); and
- an "Independent Commissioner" (which sounds a bit like the "Ferry Commissioner" idea the Libs came up with when they sorta-kinda privatized BC Ferries).
So, more effective, possibly. More in harmony with the province's plans, certainly. More accountable? Doesn't look like it.