May 21, 2015

The real TransLink tax agenda: "Yes" side "wants to change the way we live, and that's a big problem"

Rebel Staff
 

I met up with Jordan Bateman of Canadian Taxpayers Federation in Vancouver, BC. He's running a campaign against the proposed TransLink tax increase.

Bateman says he has nothing against public transit.

However, he says:

The government thinks everybody lives the way they do, in fancy condos, riding their bike to work, where they have bike showers and all that crazy stuff.

But for the average, everyday family, biking is a recreational thing.

The core problem with the TransLink tax, Bateman says, "is that they want to expand the public transit system, which is great. But more importantly, they want to change the way we live and that's a big problem."

Even now, Vancouver buses only run at 30% capacity, and the executives are earning huge salaries. But government monopolies have no reason to care about things like that, right?

PS: Find out what part David Suzuki is playing on the "yes" side of campaign.


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commented 2015-05-21 21:51:07 -0400
ezra levant love his fancy comdo livimv downtown toronto!
commented 2015-05-21 16:59:27 -0400
Karen are you talking about http://www.therebel.media/theocaldwell ?
commented 2015-05-21 15:16:31 -0400
ASHLEY NICHOLAS commented 1 hour ago
Never trust a socialist with your money.

YOU’RE SO RIGHT, ASHLEY! NEVER TRUST A SOCIALIST ( OR ANY TYPE OF MARXISTSOCIALISM IS ONE FORM OF MARXISM ).

UP TO DECEMBER, 2005 – CANADA WAS A CURSED NATION UNDER THE NDP AND LIBERALS PROVINCIALLY AND FEDERALLY.

NOW, AS OF JANUARY, 2006 – WE ARE AN INCREDIBLY, INCREASINGLY BLESSED NATION WITH PM STEPHEN HARPER AND OUR GOVERNMENTWHO ARE HARD AT WORK BUILDING A VERY PROSPEROUS NATION WHERE EVERYONE AND I MEAN EVERYONE CAN GET AHEAD. UNFORTUNATELY, THEY’RE DEALING WITH ENTRENCHED NDP / LIBERAL SELF INTERESTSAND THE SOCIALIST / MARXIST CORRUPTION.
commented 2015-05-21 15:04:05 -0400
I’m Voting YES for Public Transit. There are too many Cars on the road and Transit is the Solution.

IT IS THE BUREAUCRACY THAT IS THE PROBLEMBECAUSE OF THE NDPTHE ONES RESPONSIBLE FOR BREAKING THE SYSTEM. THE LIBERAL WING OF THE GOVERNMENT STILL HAVE IT BROKEN, WHILE THE CONSERVATIVE WING ARE TRYING TO FIX IT. At least the Liberal Wing of the BC Government is Teachable and NOT LIKE the Federal, Ontario, Nova Scotio and New Brunswick Liberals.

I remember the Liberal / Ndp Curse that MLA Rich Coleman ( the CONSERVATIVE WING of the Government ) had to deal with in regards to Housing.

SOCIAL CREDIT had the Transit System run beautifully – the Best Transit Minsters were former Premier Rita Johnson and Grace McCarthy. Unfortunately, Former Premier Bill Vanderzalm sunk Social Credit and they still haven’t recovered.

BC DOESN’T HAVE A LIBERAL GOVERNMENT – IT’S CONSERVATIVE / LIBERAL TO KEEP THE NDP OUT ( my former MLA was Liberal and I had to " hold my nose " when I Voted – my new MLA seems Conservative – I HOPE!.

Government HAS NO RIGHT to Expropriate anyone’s Private Property, Wilderness or Parkland for more roads, bridges and highways – WE HAVE ENOUGH of those – people will just have to LIVE WITH the Car Congestion on the roads if they stubbornly refuse to give up their cars and only use them WHEN NEEDED – you don’t need them all the time.

TOO MANY CARS ON THE ROADS ARE THE PROBLEM.

Emergency Vehicles, Transit Vehicles and Commercial Vehicles ARE THE PRIORITIES.

Too many Private Vehicles are the Problem.
commented 2015-05-21 14:19:18 -0400
Never trust a socialist with your money.
commented 2015-05-21 14:14:25 -0400
Ezra,
I really want to know what happened to Theo’s article? Why was it removed? I really thought you would be different. This is very disappointing. I emailed and have not yet received a response from anyone at “The Rebel”.
commented 2015-05-21 13:42:33 -0400
Translink has a problem with “freeloaders” on the system, riding and not paying. The paying is not being enforced or monitored. Politicos figure it is easier to make everyone pay extra taxes to cover this. That means they would be extra taxing ratepayers who do not even use the system! Of note is the rail system (skytrain) where they purport to have problems with the “card reader gates”. The card reader technology is well proven. It does not need to be re-invented. Tim Horton’s has used this technology for years with their “Tim Cards”. Gregor Robertson is yet another “I know better than you” Socialist that does not care about working families, only pushing his socialist agenda. The “freeloaders” are likely the bunch who put him into office and would do so again to continue their freeloading of the system.
commented 2015-05-21 12:11:18 -0400
out of control politicians and their spending – nothing a few bullets during one of their council meetings wouldn’t fix
commented 2015-05-21 11:30:29 -0400
Of course seniors or disabled people are right out of the bike obsessed elitist public travel planning – the progs have other plans for them (euthanasia).

As for the fact this is an example of the government forcing change in the way you live , of course it is. This is the natural mindset of agenda 21 local councils. Agenda 21 “sustainability” = removing human habitation in rural areas, concentrating populations in dense uber-managed super cities, removing a lot of personal choice and individual freedom including freedom of mobility. Long distance personal travel will be a thing of the past. Short distance travel will be a privilege and will always be mass transit – for personal transport you have a bicycle or your feet.
commented 2015-05-21 11:28:41 -0400
I just noticed that Theo Caldwell’s very funny, honest and insightful essay on the collapse of Sun Media News suddenly disappeared from this site. Surely, Ezra, you’re not censoring people who make unflattering comments about your former employer, are you?
commented 2015-05-21 11:25:52 -0400
Should also point out that the 0.5% increase is just a foot in the door and if passed will be jacked up at their discretion. VOTE NO!