With the recent announcement that First Canada will be taking over our public transit system on July 1, some questions arise that should be answered:
First Canada is owned by First America; why does City Hall have to go, once again, with an American company? Are they going to run our transit system as poorly as they operate Greyhound?
Just to refresh your readers’ memories, the water meters were manufactured in the U.S., B.C. Hydro's "Smart Meters" are also American-made, now our transit dollars, millions of taxpayers money, are going to the U.S.
On top of that, now we are going to be tied into a nine-year contract, rather than the standard seven-year deal!
Strangely enough, none of this was mentioned during the recent budget discussions, other than letting it be known that we may get a new service provider for our transit system.
The only hope we have now is that, with increased management, at increased costs, of course, the many inefficiencies that waste millions of dollars annually will be scrutinized and minimized, if not totally eliminated.
However, don't hold your breath for that to happen.
PETER H. BARTEL