Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon is getting hot under the collar about New Democrat critic Maurine Karagianis's proposed "cold-blooded" approach to Lower Mainland transportation issues. Last month, Ms. Karagianis told Public Eye the fact she represents a Vancouver Island riding, gives her "a better opportunity to look at "the government's controversial highway expansion project "in a cold-blooded way and to look at it in a practical and political sense without a lot of background in the community affecting my thinking one way or another."
Asked for comment, Minister Falcon said, "When it comes time to talk about the Gateway Program, I can't wait. Because I would love to know when the last time she actually drove across the Port Mann Bridge was, if ever. To me, that's just a fundamental issue. I haven't gleaned any advice whatsoever that she has a clue about what the issues are in the Lower Mainland in terms of traffic congestion - particularly the Port Mann Bridge" - which is set to be twinned. "I'll be you, you can't even get her to point on a map as to where the South Fraser Perimeter Road goes...I just can't think of a person who's less qualified to understand from the actual experience of knowing the area or driving the area" to debate the Gateway Program.
Continued Minister Falcon, "The fact of the matter is the NDP on this - as in so many other major issues - refuse to take a position. They are terrified of this particular project. And the reason they're terrified is because they know there's huge, widespread support for it. And, yet, they can't deal with the divisions in their own caucus."