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

Just Posted

PHOTOS: Christy Fraser Memorial underway in Langley

Over 700 athletes from across the province are attending

Stealth finish winless at Langley Events Centre

Vancouver pro lacrosse team finishes with 0-9 home record

VIDEO: After the trees fell, Hunter Park reopens in Langley City

The rebuilding of the park “has turned disaster into triumph,” mayor says

VIDEO: Two Langley City councillors to run for mayor

Val van den Broek and Paul Albrecht confirm their candidacies

VIDEO: Rollover crash in Langley’s Walnut Grove neighbourhood

No serious injuries reported in Friday night crash

VIDEO: Largest LEGO exhibition in British Columbia held at River Rock Casino

Hundreds of builders come from around the world to display their LEGO creations

Downtown roads closed for Vancouver Sun Run

Thousands of runners participate in the annual event

Child’s body found in river downstream from where boy went missing during flood

Three-year-old Kaden Young was swept out of his mother’s arms in February

B.C. VIEWS: Eliminating efficiency for farm workers

Don’t worry, NDP says, the B.C. economy’s booming

Hockey for Humboldt charity game Friday

Event in Maple Ridge will benefit bus tragedy victims

Austin Powers ‘Mini-Me’, Verne Troyer, dies at 49

Facebook page confirmed his death Saturday afternoon

Alberta man dead after snowmobile collision on B.C. mountain

The incident occurred on Boulder Mountain Friday morning

B.C. parents grieving teen’s overdose death say it started with opioid prescription

Elliot Eurchuk, 16, died at his Oak Bay home Friday, after taking street drugs

Most Read