Can the transit plebiscite debate be viewed from balanced perspective? Thoughts on fairness, disconnect, Translink effectiveness, taxes (Peter van der Velden)

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Can the debate be viewed from balanced perspective?

(Opinion piece contributed by Peter van der Velden, a facilities management consultant living in Tsawwassen.)

What is the “Yes” vote all about?

Essentially this is the referendum: An attempt at updating public transport with a seemingly moderate .5% sales tax increase. The real question is where will it stop? What will we be asked to pay for next, hospitals and schools? Historically public transport and infrastructure are paid through income tax because it is the fairest form of taxation.

Is it fair?

Here is a government that has just presented us with a “balanced budget”. Sadly the government will interpret the vote any way they want. And continue to give us balanced budgets while leaving our schools unsafe, our medical waits the longest in Canada and off-loading as many bridges, etc. as possible. I guess the Victoria…

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