Sunday, August 28, 2011

Fast Cat Ferries cost $500 million, Pity. BC HST cost us six times as much at $3 BILLION.

The SFU Library Editorial Cartoons Collection

One of  27 cartoons with the subject 'Pacificat (Ferry)', sorted by date.

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Vancouver Sun   Vaughn Palmer  July 20th, 2009

The fast ferries began their slow but relentless voyage to oblivion almost 10 years ago. The starting point was March 1, 2000 and the cabinet room of the then New Democratic Party government.

The father of the fast ferries, Glen Clark, was gone from the premier's office. A new minister for ferries, Joy MacPhail, was trying to explain why the close to half a billion dollars Clark had spent on the project was mostly gone along with him.
"A failed experiment," she called the project. Her briefing supplied new premier Ujjal Dosanjh and his ministers with the ugly details.   Snip

The BC HST began its slow but relentless voyage to oblivion almost two years ago.  The starting point was May 12, 2009 and the cabinet room of the then BC Liberal Party government.

The father of the HST, Gordon Campbell, was gone from the premier's office.  A new minister for finance, Kevin Falcon, was trying to explain why the close to $3 billion dollars Campbell had spent on the project was mostly gone along with him.
"A failed experiment," he called the project.  His briefing supplied new premier Christy Clark and her ministers with the ugly details.    Snip
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 Glen Clark is gone to a hard earned private job, locally.

Gordon Campbell is gone too, still not far enough away, to a cushy job in the United Kingdom as OUR High Commissioner of Canada paid for by Canadians...... this includes British Columbians who are still paying for the HST at the tills for another two years.

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Still craving more of those old cartoons........ like this from the SFU Library.....


285 cartoons with the subject 'Campbell, Gordon, 1948-', sorted by date.

The SFU Library Editorial Cartoons Collection

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Actually, the HST was agreed upon by everyone in economics, businesses, academics, etc to be beneficial to BC. Thus, the cost of backtracking and cancelling the HST is really a cost that cannot be placed squarely on the government. They actually made the correct decision in taxation policy. What they didn't do correctly, was market it correctly to the public until it was too late. Approval of the HST rose significantly throughout the leadup to the referendum, but in the end failed with 45% approval. Had the referendum been several months later, HST would likely still be here today.

North Van's Grumps said...

Same error on Translink's backers five years later:

Mayor's Council $2.5 Billion
Victoria $2.5 Billion
Ottawa $2.5 Billion

They seem to ignore the fact that $7.5 BILLION is coming out of Metro Vancouverites pockets THREE times over 30 years and spent in TEN years.