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Road work ahead, but no planning

Who would have thought in 1964 when I helped build the most expensive piece of highway in Canada at the time – the Port Mann Bridge – that it would be torn down in my lifetime 45 years later, especially considering the fact that it was only in 2006 that the bridge was totally refurbished and another lane added.

The reality is that this is what this government stands for: ideological dogma, short-term thinking, and quite literally, no planning ahead.

It’s a sad fact that the taxpayers of B.C. will be paying for the old Port Mann Bridge upgrades decades after the old span has been torn down.

Is this financial expertise? Is this good conservative money management? Or is this just another example of reckless short-term incompetence with no planning to speak of at all?

No wonder there is no money for social programs with the multi-millions this government has squandered on pretty much everything they have touched. The Golden Ears Bridge will be lucky if it lasts 30 years as it was coming apart within months of being built. And the new $3.3-billion Port Mann Bridge appears to be doing not much better.

When you consider B.C.’s other bridges, this is inexcusable folly. The Lions Gate Bridge is 76 years old; the Pattullo Bridge is 75; and the Iron Workers’ Memorial Bridge is 52 years old and counting.

This government is all about show, flash and propaganda. Pretty well everything this government touched will be gone long before it is paid for.

I am sure when the citizens of B.C. finally see the uncooked books, in other words the real financial disaster that is the B.C. Liberals’ legacy, they will be shocked and forced to put to rest once and for all the myth of conservative (B.C. Liberal) financial competence.

The fact is these clowns would be hard-pressed to run a popcorn stand.

 

Wayne Clark

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