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.