Letters to the Editor

Ferry fare increases cause hardship

To the Editor,

Re: B.C. Ferries employees shouldn’t sail for free, Letters, Nov. 28.

Compared to other countries that seem to provide well for their seniors and war veterans, Canada has a very bad reputation. The TV news only this week stated that there are over 38,000 seniors now living in poverty.

Before we moved to the Island four years ago, we visited regularly, always bringing our car. Even with our free senior days we paid $52 each way. So with food on the ferry which is also expensive, the cost is high.

I have spoken to people who have always visited the mainland regularly to see shows and sporting events. Now they have stopped going for good. They just cannot afford it anymore. Visitors are not coming over as they used to. The few that still occasionally use the ferries are doing all they can to leave their cars behind by walking on.

Is it a sin to have worked hard all your life, paying into a pension, then expecting some comfort at the end of it?

Patricia Cook
Nanaimo

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