Editor: In a recent CBC article regarding the opening of a section of the Plan B highway realignment in Bonshaw, Transportation Minister Robert Vessey is quoted as saying that “most Islanders support the project.”
I’m not sure how he can know that, given the province refused to conduct a plebiscite on the issue during the planning stages. An unofficial plebiscite was conducted, however, with more than 90 per cent of respondents expressing opposition to the Plan B proposal.
These results were echoed in a CRA poll conducted in September 2012. I have spoken to hundreds of Islanders over the last year and of those, only two said they supported the project.
Everyone else was completely dismayed at the cost of the project and the environmental destruction it entailed, and they were very skeptical about the safety claims. All were stunned by the lack of democratic process and felt betrayed by their politicians.
Minister Vessey may want to “believe” that most Islanders support Plan B, but only by listening to all Islanders and not just those who have gained financially from the project would he ever know for sure.