With news the BC Ferries vessel Spirit of British Columbia is about to sail to Europe for an extensive refit, I bump this article back to the top. – In October 2015, the Commissioner approved $173 million for the project but, as evidenced by the confidential order three months later, increased the approved amount by $46 million to $219 million. Instead of five times cost of the last refits, the 2016 multiplier is eight. So, whether it is $140, $173, $219 millions or an even higher cost subsequently revealed, whether the contract is completed by 2018, 2019 or later, I predict the refits will be advertised as completed on-time, on-budget. That tag is applied to all BC Liberal projects, no matter how many times the budget or completion date must be altered.
Reviewing BC Ferries financial statements this week, I was reminded of a radio interview I heard early in the tenure of the current BC Ferries CEO. That was shortly after he banked […]
A few days ago, Mary Polak’s Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure announced the “B.C. coastal ferries consultation and engagement process”. The ministry invited: Input on considerations to achieve $26 million in savings […]
The BC Liberal policy is firmly established. Reward your important friends and give the rest—teachers, paramedics, etc.—a firm kick in the ass. Of course, agency directors and senior bureaucrats, especially ones who […]
One barrier to re-election of Christy Clark’s government is its lack of truthfulness and credibility. The Liberal brain trust decided long ago that veracity should always rank behind expediency. The infamous 2001 […]
REPLAY from June 2010, demonstrating the deceitfulness of BC Liberals involved in oversight of BC Ferries: The Coastal Ferry Act that received royal assent June 3 includes a number of administrative changes, […]
The platinum crew on the bridge of the good ship B.C. Ferries has got some ‘splainin’ to do. The provincial comptroller-general reported that executive salaries and director’s fees, which exceed public-sector guidelines, […]
On one hand: In 2001, British Columbia’s NDP Government set the minimum wage at $8 per hour. After eight years of BC Liberal administration, it remains at $8 per hour, the lowest […]