VANCOUVER, B.C. — The B.C. Liberals are taking a stand and demanding an agreement be reached to end the ongoing transit strike that has plagued the Lower Mainland for more than three months.
Premier Gordon Campbell has asked Labour Minister Graham Bruce to meet with both sides and do what he can to get the buses rolling again. Even if that means legislating bus drivers back to work.
“We’re not going to . . . leave the people of downtown Vancouver held to ransom by two groups that just clearly are not talking to each other,” Bruce told local media. “Coast Mountain and the union need to think long and hard about whether they want other people making the decisions on how to run their bus system or those two parties to sit down and solve it themselves.”
The B.C. Trucking Association (BCTA) has been appealing the government to suspend fuel tax transfers to TransLink during the strike, which have amounted to more than $3.3 million since workers walked off the job.
But the BCTA admits that the catastrophic traffic gridlock that most truckers expected to result from the strike never materialized, and in fact, it’s been clear sailing for trucking companies throughout the strike.