Hot on the heels of my post last week, who is the worst premier, BC Premier Christy Clark returns to center stage with her speech saying that construction will begin in 2017 with a new bridge to replace the George Massey Tunnel.
So where will the money come from, who will pay, why do we need it and what’s in it for Clark.
When asked the cost the premier had no idea nor did she allude to how we were going to pay for it. She simply said that it will be along the same lines as the Port Mann Bridge.
No doubt there will be tolls because as we all know by now , in her heart BC Premier Clark runs a toll booth with the tolling of the Port Mann and the Golden Ears.
What else is in it for Clark? The next election is in 2017 and if shovels hit ground Clark will be able to snag votes from those commuters who will thank her in kind by reelecting or electing new BC liberal MLAs.
Those for the project go on the record and say that the bridge will be built for a couple of reasons firstly that the existing tunnel only has a life span of about 10 years and might cause a little mayhem in the event of an earthquake.
Secondly they say that replacing the tunnel with a bridge will allow for more ships to pass by.
Most people gloss right over that with a typical for sure it will.
What you should be asking and what is key to what’s in it for Clark is what will be on those ships that the new bridge will allow to pass.
If you said oil and gas you would know really what’s in it for Clark and why she will stop at nothing to get it.
Kinda like building a pipeline with the end piece first, isn’t it?
She wouldn’t do that would she?