When last we reported on on our good friend Brian Bonney, he had abruptly resigned as the operations director for the provincial Liberals. But just because he isn't on the party payroll anymore, doesn't mean Mr. Bonney isn't still toiling away in the backrooms on behalf of the Campbell administration. For example, yesterday, in an email sent to industry members, BC Trucking Association communications coordinator Sandra Azanchi encouraged them to support Get Moving BC, "a non-profit, grassroots organization composed of individuals, businesses and organizations in the Greater Vancouver area advocating a balanced, efficient, and sustainable transportation infrastructure." And who should they contact for more information about this pro-Gateway Program group? Well, if you guessed Mr. Bonney, you'd be right!
Last month, The Georgia Straight's Matthew Burrows also reported on Fort Langley-Aldergrove Liberal constituency association vice-president Jordan Bateman and former Port Moody-Burke Mountain election candidate Greg Moore's involvement with Get Moving BC. As our astute readers know, Mr. Moore is a regional organizer for the party. The following is an edited copy of the aforementioned email.
The Gateway Program stands to finally alleviate the over $500 million that congestion is costing our industry each year and bring relief for all Lower Mainland residents from the ever-increasing traffic that is slowly grinding our region to a halt. Despite this, various groups are vocally protesting the Gateway Program. Some of these groups oppose new road and bridge infrastructure because of environmental concerns, notwithstanding the environmental harm caused by stop-and-go traffic. Others are simply opposed to growth in the region, opposing, for instance, the expansion of Deltaport. These groups have received significant attention in the media as their voices are disproportionately loud vis-Ã -vis their public base of support.
The opposition to the Gateway Program is well organized and, thus far, a countervailing group supporting the Gateway Project and economic development had been absent. Attached is information about "Get Moving BC," a newly established group, which is attempting to fill this void and counteract the negative publicity generated by the opponents of the Gateway Program. Get Moving BC is a non-profit, grassroots organization composed of individuals, businesses and organizations in the Greater Vancouver area advocating a balanced, efficient, and sustainable transportation infrastructure. To date, Get Moving BC has the support of the BC Roadbuilders and Heavy Construction Association, the Independent Construction Business Association, Canada Wide Magazines and others.
Our industry's efficiency and, ultimately, profitability depend on adequate and effective road infrastructure and the need for vocal, organized support of the Gateway Program is greater than ever. Your contribution is vital. Please show your support by supporting Get Moving BC. To find out how your company can help, please contact Brian Bonney at Get Moving BC.
BC Trucking Association