Safety of B.C.’s highways is no laughing matter

Hedy Fry

Editor: I was disappointed to read Frank Bucholtz’s editorial (The Times, Aug. 27), in which he “chuckles” while discussing the very serious issue of safety on the Trans-Canada Highway in British Columbia.

While I am flattered that he follows my Twitter account with such interest, the fact of the matter is that I regularly drive British Columbia’s roads while visiting communities across the province in my role as Health Critic for the Liberal Party of Canada and the senior Liberal MP for British Columbia.

I’m not alone in my concerns.

The mayors of both Revelstoke and Golden brought their case for Trans-Canada safety upgrades to Finance Minister Jim Flaherty during the pre-budget period, but the government took no action.

When I met with the mayor of Revelstoke the day before this latest tragic accident occurred, he again stressed need for safety improvements.

I am committed to working with my colleagues in the House of Commons — no matter what their political stripe — to help ensure safe highways to connect our communities.

I believe this issue should transcend partisan sniping, but if Mr. Bucholtz wants to find blame for the lack of investment in Canada’s infrastructure, he could always ask Stephen Harper’s B.C. MPs, who have been in government for seven years and delivered shockingly little for British Columbia.

Dr. Hedy Fry

Health Critic, Liberal Party of Canada

MP for Vancouver Centre

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