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FERRIES: Privatizing hasn’t gone well in B.C.

Letter by Ellyn Turner, Nanaimo, B.C. on Feb. 15, 2011 at 5:14 pm | 32 Comments »
February 16, 2011 3:12 pm

I’m a former Tacoma resident now living in British Columbia. I keep up with Washington news through your newspaper and Seattle news stations.

The idea of privatizing the ferry system is not a good one. British Columbia did that a few years ago, and it is not working. Ask the average Vancouver Islander or resident of Lower Mainland, B.C., and they will tell you that we are now paying much more and getting far less service since it was privatized.

The only people happy with this system are the B.C. Ferries executives getting the huge salaries. Customer service and satisfaction are at an all-time low.

The beverage container deposit is a good idea. We have that here. it leads to much more recycling of these containers and cuts way down on discarded beverage containers littering the roadways. People can return them to the store or the many bottle depot recycling centers.

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