March 16, 2015

City Conversation: Behind the Transit Debate – Mar 19

The next City Conversation this Thursday:


Myths vs. Reality in the Transit Debate

“I’ve heard it so often, it must be true”


Is Translink a bloated, inefficient and wasteful public agency providing terrible public transit? Provably no. But facts don’t matter, emotions do. What matters is that people believe it is true, and that they act on that belief. 

Are taxes too high? Compared to what— other cities or provinces? The benefits and services they buy? Doesn’t matter, as long as people believe taxes are too high. Government is too big, taxes are too high, the private sector is the most efficient.

Where did these ideas come from, and why do so many of us believe them? They’re part ideology, part economic theory that began 70 years ago. They’ve since been promoted by a collection of Canadian and American think tanks, adopted by successful politicians, and are influencing some of our most fundamental public decisions.
Starting the conversation is Gordon Price, Director of SFU’s City Program; and Daphne Bramham, columnist for the Vancouver Sun, whose piece on the topic generated a lot of response.
Thursday, March 19
12:30 – 1:30 pm
SFU Vancouver  – 515 West  Hastings Street, Room 1600
Free event, bring your lunch.

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