From Brent Toderian’s Planetizen post last month: Public Transit Turning Point for Vancouver
“Among other waste and damage done, one of the possible casualties seems to be the public’s feelings about public transit itself, in a region that has long appreciated what transit does to positively shape our lives and our home. Many involved in region-building in Canada, again myself included, are now insisting that no matter what happens with this referendum, we should never use this polarizing, wasteful tool for this kind of complex decision-making in Canada again.”
It’s a critical point: win or lose, there needs to be a decision, before the results of the current referendum are announced, as to whether, based on an ill-considered political promise, referenda are the new normal for determining the future of our transportation systems and the direction of our region.
If this one is the precedent, then the next referendum should be on approval of the Massey crossing and the related plans of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, since in the event of no, they will prevail by default. If that’s an unacceptable scenario, then other voices need to be heard to end them now. No more referenda, no more damage done.