Thursday, October 15, 2009

BC Ferries keeps on truckin' those coincidences

RossK at The Gazetteer may be on to something here :

Starting Wednesday (Oct 14th), B.C. Ferries will reduce the Horseshoe Bay/Departure Bay sailings Monday through Thursday evenings.

Deborah Marshall with the corporation explains it will include the 7 p.m. sailing exiting Departure Bay, and the corresponding 9 p.m. sailing from Horseshoe Bay.

and then he links to Sean Holman at Public Eye :
"A Delta-based company that ships tractor trailers between Vancouver Island and the Mainland appears to have hired the premier's former special advisor Ken Dobell to lobby the province. But the firm is tight-lipped about whether that lobbying has to do with increased competition from British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. The government-owned private company got into the same business this year, letting truck drivers drop their trailers off at its Tsawwassen, Duke Point and Swartz Bay terminals. Those trailers are then loaded onto the ferry for pickup on the other side of the route."
So Seaspan appears to have hired Ken Dobell, Gordo's special advisor and former deputy minister, to lobby Gordo about competition from BC Ferries, and now some sailings have been cut back.


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