VICTORIA (June 13, 2018) – Parksville-Qualicum MLA Michelle Stilwell criticized Transportation Minister Claire Trevena’s handling of BC Ferries today following the announcement of the removal of fuel subsidy rebates from fares.
“The NDP campaigned on a fare freeze but have instead enabled a sudden increase,” says Stilwell. “It was only a few months ago that they promised a hydro rate freeze. They keep promising affordability but consistently fail to follow through.”
In May, Transportation Minister Trevena sent a stunning letter to BC Ferries board chairman Donald Hayes saying she was “surprised and disappointed” to hear they would be removing fuel rebates of 2.9 per cent on major and minor routes and 1.9 per cent on Northern routes.
BC Ferries President Mark Collins quickly pointed out that the BC government has known about plans to cut the fuel rebate since November.
“I fail to see how the Minister could claim to be surprised when her staff has been in the loop for over half a year,” added Stilwell. “She knew this was coming, and failed to act to ensure that fares would be frozen for passengers as per her promise.”
BC Ferries cancels the fuel rebates on June 27th, 2018.