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LETTER: A four-billion-dollar boondoggle

Letter to the editor

To the editor,

Re: New 8-lane ‘immersed-tube’ to replace Massey Tunnel (August 18).

The provincial government is banking on federal funding for another urban highway expansion boondoggle that undermines Canada’s climate commitments. The answer must be a hard no.

The 2016 Pan Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change calls for shifting funds from highway expansion to public transit.

The federal Liberal, NDP and Green parties supported the Framework and must now show this was more than cynical spin.

BC is on fire, we can see and smell that the climate emergency is here and now. Urban highway expansion increases climate pollution and makes traffic worse.

This four-billion-dollar boondoggle is a good test to see if federal candidates are serious about climate action, or if they are happy to help burn BC to the ground.

Eric Doherty,

Victoria, B.C.