NDP Plans to Return Translink to an Elected Board

Some big news for Translink: if the NDP forms the provincial government after the upcoming election, the party will repeal Bill 43 and replace the current Translink board with an elected one.

Kevin Falcon was unavailable to comment for The Georgia Straight's article on the subject, unfortunate since Bill 43 is widely seen as a manifestation of his personal vendetta against the previous Translink board.

Falcon's primary argument in 2007, when the bill was introduced after a year-long governance review, was that the board did not function well with elected regional representatives. The Translink board voted down the Canada Line (then known as the RAV Line) twice in 2004.

This is a great move by the NDP, whose members have consistently fought Bill 43 since its inception. Translink has major decisions to make in the coming years, and as its importance to the region continues to grow, it will need to be accountable to the people in the region, and not just ride in the pocket of the Transportation Minister.

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