Foot ferry wouldn’t benefit us all

Perhaps Island Ferries should be offering shares, and those who feel strongly would then be able to put their money where their mouth is.

To the Editor,

Re: Foot ferry owners lobby community to support plan, Nov. 19.

I am 100 per cent in favour of a fast foot ferry between downtown Nanaimo and downtown Vancouver, but I do wonder if the taxpayers of Nanaimo should be subsidizing the project.

If this is such a wonderful idea why does the chamber of commerce expect the city taxpayers to subsidize it? Chamber members are talking about the benefits they will realize from the implementation of the fast ferry, but if the benefits will be that great why do they not put up the extra money?

Many taxpayers will reap no benefit, and many are not in a financial position to help subsidize the project.

Perhaps Island Ferries should be offering shares to the general public, and those who feel strongly about the wisdom and viability of the project would then be able to put their money where their mouth is through the purchase of shares.

Wayne BrownNanaimo