Fast ferries a tough sell

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VICTORIA, B.C. — The embarrassing fast ferries debacle created by the former B.C. New Democrats has actually gotten worse.

Documents accessed under the Freedom of Information Act indicate that the former provincial government spent $785,000 to PricewaterhouseCoopers for their 13-month attempt to sell the ships.

That’s chicken scratch compared to the overall costs of the ferries, $463 million more than double what they were budgeted to cost.

The B.C. Liberals have bit the bullet and quashed the $25,000 a month retainer with PricewaterhouseCoopers and are looking for public input into alternative uses for the ferries.

Transportation Minister, Judith Reid, says that the ferries proved to be too hard to sell, and it’s possible they may have to be scrapped altogether.

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