The Liberals like to think of themselves as good money managers - or at least better than the New Democratic Party. So they often remind voters of the NDP's fast ferries project, which went 120 percent over-budget. But it's not as if the Liberals haven't had any cost overruns. For example, on Friday, BC Place was re-opened following a revitalization program that cost 55 percent more than its initial estimate. The Vancouver Convention Centre Expansion Project cost 78 percent more than expected and the Port Mann/Highway 1 Improvement Project will likely cost 121 percent more when the final price tag is in - including interest charges and project management costs. Which, coincidentally, makes it comparable to the NDP's fast ferries project. So, when British Columbians next go to the polls, you can be sure New Democrat leader Adrian Dix will be reminding voters of those failings.
October 3, 2011