Earlier, we reported provincial New Democrat transportation critic David Chudnovsky spoke to a mass rally organized by the Gateway 30 Network. This, despite the fact the party neither supports nor opposes that $3 billion highway expansion project. So does Mr. Chudnovsky's attendance at that rally indicate a change in New Democrat policy? In an interview with Public Eye, the former British Columbia Teachers' Federation president answered, "We certainly need to know the answers to the questions that I have asked for a year and a half now and the minister hasn't responded to. But there are some elements of this that have become clearer. One of them is that the route of the South Fraser Perimeter Road - as it's been put forward by (Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon) and Gateway comprise the agricultural land reserve and Burns Bog. And that's unacceptable. And I said that very clearly on Saturday."
"And I also talked a lot about a whole series of alternative transportation modes that we need to look really carefully at for areas south of the Fraser River," continued Mr. Chudnovsky. "Government's got essentially a road-based transportation strategy for the Lower Mainland. I think that's not the way to go. I think that essentially we need a transit and alternative transportation-based strategy for the Lower Mainland. That doesn't mean we never build another bridge or another road. But it does mean you've got to be going in the right direction. You've got to walk the walk, not just talk the talk."