Metro Vancouver residents left stranded by Premier Clark’s failure of leadership

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sky_train_vancouverVANCOUVER- New Democrat Leader John Horgan released the following statement on the ‘No’ result in the transportation plebiscite:

“The overwhelming ‘No’ vote in the transportation plebiscite is the result of 10 years of meddling and broken promises by the B.C. Liberals in a system that more than 418,000 people rely on every single day to get to work, to get to school, to live their lives.

“Now we’re about to enter into another round of finger-pointing and second-guessing while people all over the region wait for buses and Skytrains that don’t come, break down or are so crowded they pass by.

“Transit riders and car drivers didn’t vote against better transit in the Lower Mainland. They voted against political gamesmanship and unaccountable management at the expense of average people who rely on this service to live their lives.

“British Columbians know it doesn’t have to be this way.  A properly funded, properly managed transit system in the Lower Mainland would improve the lives of transit riders and drivers alike.

“The premier needs to show leadership, not play political games. She forced this referendum in the first place. She can’t keep throwing it back to the mayors. They have done their job, now she must do hers.

“If her contribution to this important issue continues to be limited to rejecting every proposal the mayors make, our economy and Metro Vancouver residents will continue to suffer.”