B.C. minister should reinstate disability bus pass for all

Is this B.C. Liberal government willing to disregard all these voters and make the disability bus pass an election issue?

To the Editor,

I’m saddened to think that while Parksville-Qualicum MLA Michelle Stilwell, minister of social development and social innovation goes for gold at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, this summer, those with disabilities in B.C. will be struggling to figure out how they will get around in their own communities.

This as a result of the B.C. Liberals’ decision to charge $669 yearly for disability bus pass which previously was $45 yearly.

What this government needs to realize with an election looming is there are more than 100,000 people with disabilities who are voters. Add family members, friends, caregivers, public who supports those with disabilities and that number of voters could exceed 500,000 voters.

Is this B.C. Liberal government willing to disregard all these voters and make the disability bus pass an election issue? Because we are. The right thing is to leave the $45 yearly bus pass alone and give all on disability benefits the $77 monthly increase.

Delphine CharmleyNanaimo

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