Fuss over reduced ferry sailings mostly politicking

Re: Reduced sailings, staff floated by B.C. Ferries, Aug. 27.

To the Editor,

Re: Reduced sailings, staff floated by B.C. Ferries, Aug. 27.

I don’t understand the fuss about B.C. Ferries wanting to trim its sailings by four per cent.

There are already reduced sailings on some runs at some times of year, including the truck-heavy Tsawassen-Duke Point route (weekends in fall-winter-spring and Christmas-New Years Day).

B.C. Ferries does increase sailings to meet demand obviously in summer over winter, selectively in spring and fall, and for particular situations.

Yes, some people will be impacted. When I was travelling a lot, I liked the 7 a.m. run from Swartz Bay to Tsawassen, as did probably anyone trying to reach the centre of B.C. the same day.

Certainly, the bureaucracies need to do things sensibly – something the trio of the union, B.C. Ferries and the B.C. government don’t have a track record of.

But the fussing sounds like politicking more than anything.

Keith Sketchley

Saanich