Cummins campaigns on bridge, ferry toll promise
The Port Mann Bridge connects Coquitlam and Surrey. (CARMINE MARINELLI/ 24 HOURS FILE PHOTO)
BC Conservative leader John Cummins has pledged to give a tax credit to commuters using the Port Mann and Golden Ears toll bridges, and BC Ferries, that could reach hundreds of dollars annually per individual, if elected premier.
“The only British Columbians who must pay tolls are those who … use the Port Mann or Golden Ears bridges to drive to and from work,” Cummins said Monday at a Surrey press conference attended by six Conservative candidates. “It is unfair.”
He noted drivers would receive a credit equal to 40% of annual tolls paid starting from $780 to a maximum of $1,800. The same rules would apply to ferry fares. The province would lose $45 million in revenue, but a Conservative government would still balance the budget next year, Cummins insisted.
After speaking to the Langley Chamber of Commerce Monday, Premier Christy Clark ridiculed Cummins’ pledge.
“I’ve seen their budget, it’s filled with all these crazy revenue projections,” she said.
“I don’t know how they would even keep the promises they made till last week. Add this one in and I think it would be pretty unaffordable for taxpayers.”