Frances Bula posted it:
This just out from the Surrey Board of Trade, who don’t sound like happy campers
The Surrey Board of Trade wants the Transit Referendum question now.
“I’ve called the Ministry of Transportation today and they indicated that there was no timeline on when the transit referendum question will be ready. I’ve written a letter asking for the question to be ready now,” said Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade. …
We need the question now – and we need, finally, a solution that will benefit all of Metro Vancouver – and not compromise growing cities like Surrey. Surrey will be the largest city in BC, and yet our transit and transportation systems simply do not meet current and future economic demand. This puts our economic future at risk. This referendum will have far-reaching and even unforeseen impacts. This is an issue that can’t be politicized. Businesses – in terms of the efficient movement of goods and people – are at risk.
Let’s just repeat that: “This is an issue that can’t be politicized.”
Which raises the question: Why are we having a referendum?
Thinks one astute observer: the referendum may be another round in a strategic attack on municipalities and regional government, particularly their ability to tax, shape growth and compete with provincial priorities.