Prime Minister Stephen Harper has promised to give $350 million for the beleaguered and ill planned Evergreen SkyTrain Line, which must bring joy to the hearts of the SkyTrain lobby and Bombardier Inc.
The SkyTrain/metro lobby is waking up to the fact that Fraser Valley residents want light-rail and they want it sooner rather than later. For almost 30 years the great SkyTrain propaganda machine ground on and on, spewing reams of phony claims, based on contrived facts. The so-called business case for the Evergreen SkyTrain line continues the sad saga of manipulating truth to insure more of the light metro is built https://railforthevalley.wordpress.com/2008/12/26/can-translinks-business-cases-be-trusted/ . It seems the Prime Minister has also been scammed to support this white elephant, with loads of Federal (photo-op) money for ‘politically prestigious’ and politically correct transit mega-projects. One guesses the Prime Minister is trying to buy votes for Conservative MP’s along the Evergreen line will operate; shades of Glen Clark’s Millennium Line.
The Vancouver Sun also embarrassed itself with a picture of a classic European style tram operating on-street instead of showing ugly elevated guideways which will be in place with the elevated automatic SkyTrain ART light-metro! It seems the Vancouver Sun continues its long history of pro-SkyTrain propaganda and anti-LRT rhetoric, distorting facts to favouring SkyTrain. The Evergreen Line will definitely not run at street level. http://www.vancouversun.com/Business/Harper+expected+announce+billion+Evergreen+transit+line/1329040/story.html
For the taxpayer, the Evergreen SkyTrain Line means higher property taxes; for the car driver, a car levy; and for the transit customer, higher fares, all brought to you courtesy of Gordon Campbell, Kevin Falcon, and now Stephen Harper. Harper’s and Campbell’s latest Evergreen Line gambit may backfire if Fraser Valley residents feel they have been ignored far too long and return MP’s and MLA’s not belonging to the federal Conservative or provincial Liberal parties.
As Abraham Lincoln said, “You can’t fool all the people all the time.”