Referendum: Do the Liberals want a Yes vote?
Here’s a quote from Mike McDonald – ”director of the B.C. Liberals’ (permanent) election campaign” - in Vaughn Palmer’s column:
On the Liberal promise of a referendum for any new funding sources for TransLink: “The Mayors’ Council made it clear that it opposes a referendum for new TransLink funding … because the public won’t support it. Now I’m just a simple country boy from Ladysmith, but if the public doesn’t support something, is that a reason not to ask for their vote? And if the public doesn’t support it, then maybe we should find a way to get the public to support it.”
And what might that way be? And whose responsibility is it to find that way? And do the Liberals intend to take any ownership?
In short, do they care about whether transit is funded for Metro Vancouver, or is the referendum strategy just a way to offload responsibility while effectively placing blame for failure on the region’s mayors?