– Raise transit funds by eliminating industry tax cut: NDP

By Jeff Nagel – BC Local News

TransLink’s financial plight was on the minds of Lower Mainland mayors and councillors at UBCM.

And NDP leader Carole James tapped into that Thursday, promising to steer $150 million a year to a green fund, potentially a source of revenue for transit expansion, by eliminating a corporate tax cut for industry intended to offset the carbon tax.

“That would go a long way toward hitting the emissions reduction targets as set out in law by the government,” she said in her speech to the UBCM.

James accused the Liberals of setting climate action targets but giving TransLink no reasonable means of delivering.

“The government doesn’t trust mayors to control TransLink,” she said. “But they do want you to pay for it.”

James repeated past pledges to put elected representatives back in control of TransLink to restore democratic accountability.

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