Written by Grant G
Last Friday on the cutting edge of the ledge radio program on cknw featuring Keith Baldrey, Vaughn Palmer and Bill Good....I don`t believe I have ever heard such a disgusting excuse filled, wafflegabfest in all my life, clearly those three stooges have shown their true colours, their true agenda, they lied, bullshitted and fought with every caller, those stooges not only argued with every caller(BC Ferry story callers) they repeated every BC Liberal spin doctor talking point...It was shameful, disgusting and grounds for formal complaints to the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council(CBSC)....If those three pundits are going to work for the BC Liberal party/BC Government they need to tell listeners who their allegiance is to, and who is paying them..
I`m going to do some paraphrasing here, and point by point I`m going to destroy the lies laid down by Vaughn Palmer, Bill Good and Twitter follower counter Keith Baldrey..
Vaughn Palmer said...Inland ferries receive the same subsidy as coastal ferries, but inland ferries are pulled across by cables or by the current, they burn no fuel and pay for themselves..
No, that`s a lie, every inland ferries is free, there are 30 minute inland ferry crossings, 35 minutes ferry crossings that take car and driver, these ferries burn fuel, the price for those crossings is free, how can free ferry crossings pay for themselves?
Francois Lake-Southbank..52 car capacity, crossing time 20 minutes, price..Free
Shelter Bay-Galena Bay...50 car capacity, crossing time 20 minutes, price..Free.
Kootenay Bay-Balfour..80 car capicity, crossing time 40 minutes, price, free..
These inland/interior of British Columbia motorized ferries are free, how can free ferry rides pay for themselves Vaughn Palmer?
And look at similar NDP riding coastal ferries..
Campbell River-Quadra Island, 68 car capacity, crossing time, 10 minutes..Price..car and driver only, $42 dollars, add $19 dollars if you want a reservation.
Vancouver island to Denman island, car capacity 50, crossing time 10 minutes, price, car and driver only, $42 dollars.
Horseshoe bay to Bowen island, car capacity 85, crossing time 15 minutes, price, car and driver only, $54 dollars
Westview to Texada island, car capacity 49, crossing time 35 minutes, price, car and driver only, $45 dollars...
The cost of those trips are one way only, double the price for a return trip, and each passenger in your vehicle increases the cost by $30 dollars for a round trip..
How is that the same as inland ferries Vaughn Palmer?
Keith Baldrey said, why should people in the interior of the province subsidize ferry travellers on the coast, BC Ferries already receives a $170 million dollar subsidy
Keith Baldrey said, Washington state ferries have on some ferries 1/3 rd the staffing levels of BC Ferries, Transport Canada demands these staffing levels, that`s why you can`t compare Washington State Ferry CEO and upper management wages to BC Ferry CEO and upper management wages..
Keith Baldrey said on Friday past, Everyone he knows, all the businessmen don`t ride on BC Ferries, they take the Heli-jet back n forth..
Keith Baldrey, what does staffing levels have to do with CEO wages, Washington State Ferry CEO makes per year $165,000.00 dollars....BC Ferries has a CEO making $600,000.00 per year and another 6 upper management pulling down over $500,000.00 per year..
Keith Baldrey, are you suggesting people not take BC Ferries and take the heli-jet instead, how does one travel to various cities in the GVRD, or vice-versa, how does one travel on the island, with kids, packages, should all those wealthy common folks take taxis, or a limo?
Keith Baldrey, do we all not pay to maintain highways in BC, up north, desolate highways, in fact Keith, Vaughn, Billy..
Do you know that just one highway, the Sea to Sky highway that cost $800 million to upgrade, do you know that the 24 year maintenance contract for just that one highway is over $2 billion dollars, did you know the maintenance cost of that one highway is over $100 million dollars per year, every year, whether maintenance is needed or not...Did you know that..BC Ferries carries far more people than that highway, and that boys is just one highway maintenance contract, ...BC Ferries pays, the BC Government pays nothing to paint BC Ferry`s roads, no pot holes to be fixed, no repaving, the ocean requires nothing..That Sea To Sky highway ripoff story is here..
And there are secret tolls on the sea to sky highway paid to the builder, Laila Yuile broke that story
And one more article on P3s..
Bill good, Baldrey, Palmer all said BC Ferries is not part of the highway system
Really boys(stooges) how are the interior ferries part of the highway system, is it because those are BC Liberal/BC Socred party held ridings?
And clearly WAC Bennett did believe BC Ferries were critical to BCers, critical to business, to tourism, to opening up British Columbia..
I suggest you read these shocking facts..