Return democracy to TransLink decisions
Editor: There seems a bottomless well of anger towards TransLink. Premier Christy Clark is capitalizing on this dissent by announcing an audit of TransLink. What good is an audit that doesn’t address the reasons for the financial mess?
The Liberal government under Gordon Campbell removed the mayors from the TransLink board, and filled their seats with appointees. At a minimum, democratically-elected mayors had to answer to their constituents. An audit without putting in place a democratic governance model is a PR stunt.
I have worked as a HandyDart driver since its inception in 1981, and have a long history dealing with the transit authority, both as a worker and a bus rider. The HandyDart budget has been frozen until 2015, despite the ever-increacing elder and disabled person community.
At least in the past, mayors had to face the tears and anger of those trapped at home.
An audit will not address the true cost of the Liberal government dismantling a democratic governance model. Auditors don’t look at social benefits or costs.