Ferry head fiasco

Head of BC Ferries hasn't done all that great a job

Much has been said to justify the contract of David Hahn, so what is his contribution to the people of B.C.

He has turned a transportation link into a tourist fleet, with expensive terminals designed to extract more funds from travelers — paid for by our fares. This is no benefit for residents going from A to B.

He has had ships built that are not to Canadian shipping standards but allowed under import regulations. He has put a muzzle on employees.

He has seen fit to make large donations such as the $5,000,000 to the Olympics — paid for by our fares — and spent much advertising a monopoly.

He has introduced hefty reservation fees as a cash grab. The worse the service the more the need for reservations. This is especially hard on people in Monday to Friday jobs.

Vancouver Island is hit with a double blow as the high fares apply to all goods brought to the Island and products sold off the Island. Tourists and locals think twice before taking RVs on the ferries.

Routes and schedules have been revised without consideration for commuters and some runs eliminated at off-peak hours.

David Hahn may have been well suited to New York but not to B.C. Any person with a marine background would have done a better job.

I am sure many readers can add to the story and question other events such a the sinking of The Queen of the North. Now is the time to voice your concerns and frustrations.

 Arthur Skipsey

Qualicum Beach

 

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