Premier, transportation minister must campaign in TransLink referendum

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VANCOUVER — Now that the TransLink referendum question has been approved by cabinet, the B.C. Liberals need to commit to campaigning for yes, say the New Democrats.

“While the B.C. Liberals have stalled on needed transit investment, our provincial economy has lost billions of dollars because of congestion in the Lower Mainland. If this B.C. Liberal referendum fails, billions more will be lost, and this region will remain stuck in gridlock,” said New Democrat spokesperson on TransLink George Heyman.

“The premier and her ministers need to step up to the plate today and commit to doing everything they can to secure a yes vote in the spring.”

Heyman is calling on Premier Christy Clark and her B.C. Liberal ministers to join groups across the Lower Mainland, including chambers of commerce, unions, environmental groups and student advocates, as well as New Democrat MLAs, that will be campaigning for yes.

“The B.C. Liberals pushed through this referendum. Now, I expect to see the transportation minister and the premier campaigning vigorously and with conviction for a yes vote this spring.”