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Taxpayers’ group, government criticize B.C. Ferries

VICTORIA, B.C. -- The B.C. division of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation says that B.C. Ferries should alter their...


VICTORIA, B.C. — The B.C. division of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation says that B.C. Ferries should alter their fares for some routes or privatize them altogether.

The taxpayers’ group got its hands on B.C. Ferries documents under the Access to Information Act and determined that two routes subsidize the other 23.

The sailings running from Vancouver to Victoria and Nanaimo are profitable, while the other routes need to be looked at for ways of becoming more viable.

The federation suggests higher fares or privatization would save taxpayers long-term.

This news follows the release of a report on B.C. Ferries by the province’s Department of Transportation that found the system needs a dramatic overhaul to become more viable.

The report indicates it will take the ferry corporation 10 years to generate any of the necessary cash flow, and that in the meantime fares should be increased and services cut.


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