A number of items and articles, connected with a common theme.
The Daily Scot linked to this video, with a preset to Bateman’s position and involvement on the Port Mann Bridge when he was a Langley councillor:
“Just a drop in the bucket” “Not enough: we need a number of bridges like this.”
Mr. Bateman’s role as “NO” side leader on the transit referendum was preceded by his role as leader of an ad-hoc group “Get Moving BC” pushing for a massive increase in bridge capacity over the Fraser River. Partly as a result, we now have the Port Mann bridge, whose traffic and financial situation is discussed HERE.
Likewise, Mr. Bateman pointed to the Golden Ears bridge as “a great start”. It too, is not living up to traffic or financial projections. But he insisted that even more capacity was needed to save the Greater Vancouver area from “total gridlock”. He quickly moves on to advocate for replacement of both the Patullo and Massey Tunnel.
He never mentions alternatives, except to quickly say that they need bridges too.
We have seen the huge success of the Canada Line, which quickly exceeded ridership projections in a very large way — a pointed comment on Mr. Bateman’s advocacy and its accuracy.
Aside from the shallowness and inaccuracy of his work, I am struck by the uncritical way his advocacy is treated in this video clip, an assembly of news broadcasts. Clearly, the message “cars, freeways and bridges” resonates with our news media in a way that “transit alternatives” do not. I’m also struck by the success of his group’s message, as evidenced by the now-completed Port Mann bridge, the Patullo and the Massey Tunnel replacements now being proposed.
Colin Brander also adds a quote from this Tyee article:
He was in favour of Translink’s governance model, until it worked better for him to be opposed to it:
He even gave a cautious thumbs-up to the new governance model imposed on TransLink in 2007 by then transportation minister Kevin Falcon, which removed control of TransLink from the regional mayors and handed it to a group of unelected directors.
The idea was that TransLink would be run on a business model similar to that of the Vancouver airport or the newly privatized BC Ferries. Falcon argued that the new governance structure would stop local politicians from interfering with good transportation policy and put professionals in control.
And then there’s this item researched by Kirk Williams on the CBC: Transit referendum: It could be about something much bigger than a tax increase.
“The ‘No’ side is the Taxpayers Federation. Period,” says Donald Gutstein, author of “Harperism”, which documents Canada’s shift to the political right.
The CTF website indicates it has a pretty healthy share of ‘elites’ itself. Its board members have ties to the energy industry, the legal profession and conservative organizations such as the Canadian Constitution Foundation (court challenges aimed at “reducing state power”) and the Canadian LabourWatch Association (“dedicated to helping employees make informed choices about unionization”). …
Gordon Price is worried about the future of any large publicly-funded program designed for the public good. If the CTF is able to convince Vancouver–including existing transit users–that politicians and institutions can’t be trusted, then it paves the way for more private sector involvement in other areas such as health care and the economy as a whole.
“Certainly the Canadian Taxpayers Federation isn’t stopping with this”, Price says. “You may think it’s about making transit more efficient, making TransLink more accountable. No. It’s about diminishing (government’s) role in the economy and as a factor in your life.”.
Unless of course it’s a bigger road or bridge. No vote on that.
It’s all a bit much, even for some Liberals. The Daily Scot picked this up from the Tricity News:
Two government MLAs are accusing No forces in the transit referendum of misleading the public by exaggerating the issue of waste at TransLink.
Surrey MLA Marvin Hunt, a former Surrey councillor and Metro Vancouver board chair, and Education Minister Peter Fassbender, formerly mayor of Langley City and vice-chair of the mayors’ council, made the comments Friday in Cloverdale, where Transportation Minister Todd Stone urged local business leaders to support the Yes campaign.
Hunt said TransLink has got “a bad rap” from No campaign leader Jordan Bateman, who he said has made “very unfair” comparisons of executive salaries to those paid in smaller transit organizations that do not have the geographic sweep or extent of responsibilities as the Metro Vancouver agency.
“An awful lot of erroneous information has gone out,” Hunt said. “Unfortunately, there’s nobody out there saying ‘Jordan, get serious. Tell the truth on these things.'”