Results of Privatisation
The Provincial government assured us that privatising the ferry system would bring all kinds of benefits. The changes I noticed include:
- They sank one ferry, killing two people. Apparently no one was on the helm at the time.
- They crashed into the dock causing enough damage to put it out of commission for months.
- They canceled sailings to the small islands.
- They tripled the price for foot passengers.
- They more than doubled the price for automobiles.
- They cut more sailings and raised rates further because ridership is down. But, but, but, the reason ridership is down is because the sailings are so expensive, for the Vancouver-Vancouver Island run, over $100 for a car one way plus a fee for the driver and each passenger.
- To add insult to injury, they charge $2.50 for a soft drink and fine restaurant prices for a hamburger at the wait-inline cafeteria.
Nobody is happy with the new service, but the provincial government no longer has any influence over what the ferry corporation monopoly does to maximise profit. Privatising works if you have 26+ companies competing to provide the service. It is a disaster when you create an unresponsive monopoly, usually owned by friends of the ruling party.~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)