The two Kamloops BC Liberal MLAs are taking aim at the government over more delays on the ride sharing front.
Former Transportation minister, and Kamloops South MLA, Todd Stone says the previous government left them with a clear and easy roadmap to introduce ridesharing.
“We left the incoming government with facts, recommendations, and details with work that had already been done including draft legislation that could have been implemented last year. They have opted not to do so and rather to kick the ball down the field again.”
Stone says no matter the issue be it Uber, Greyhound, or four laning the Trans-Canada east of Kamloops there seems to be lots of promising talk with little in the way of results.
“I think Claire Trevena’s title should be minister of smoke and mirrors. She certainly talks a good game about accelerating work and making things happen. All the work required to map this out was done long ago.”
Kamloops North MLA Peter Milobar, who sat on the all party ride sharing legislative committee that traveled the province gathering feedback, calls the decision to delay “absolutely ridiculous.”
“It is incredably disappointing that the minister keeps kicking this down the road. This is supposed to be the minister that is going to solve Greyhound in the next two and a half months at the same time.”
Milobar says while the government had some leeway to get its head around the file it has clearly broken its own promises.
“My understanding was pre-election there was legislative framework pretty much ready to go and that has been shelved by this government. Elections happen and there was a change over time so you can understand a little bit of the delay. Lets be clear the Premier promised that this would be in place by Christmas 2017.”
That ride-sharing promise was amended by the NDP to the fall of 2018 and now delayed to the fall of 2019.