The leader of the B.C. NDP says the "no" vote in the Metro Vancouver transit plebiscite is the fallout from "10 years of meddling and broken promises" by the B.C. Liberal government.
“Now we’re about to enter into another round of finger-pointing and second-guessing while people all over the region wait for buses and Skytrains that don’t come, break down or are so crowded they pass by," John Horgan said in a statement issued after Elections B.C. released the results.
“Transit riders and car drivers didn’t vote against better transit in the Lower Mainland. They voted against political gamesmanship and unaccountable management at the expense of average people who rely on this service to live their lives."
Across the region, 61.68 percent voted "no" and 38.32 percent voted "yes" on a 0.5-percent sales tax hike to fund billions of dollars in transportation improvements.
Horgan asserted that a "properly funded, properly managed transit system in the Lower Mainland" would benefit both transit riders and drivers.
“The premier needs to show leadership, not play political games. She forced this referendum in the first place. She can’t keep throwing it back to the mayors. They have done their job, now she must do hers," Horgan said.
“If her contribution to this important issue continues to be limited to rejecting every proposal the mayors make, our economy and Metro Vancouver residents will continue to suffer.”