Re: Guardian 23rd Jan 2016. Lawrence MacAulay fears the Wood Island ferry service would be threatened if tolls were removed from the Confederation Bridge. The P.E.I. MP points out the obvious: “Let’s be very clear, if you are going to start making things free, you have to make other things free, and how far down road do you go” end quote.
In his long and well-paid career as a MP, his most significant accomplishment was probably keeping the ferry running. Islanders are aware ferry employees are mostly constituents from his riding. I have no objections to him looking after the people that have kept him elected for all these years. However, if he believes we should all be paying the annual increasing bridge fees in order to run a ferry that at best, takes some heavy trucks and a modicum of tourist traffic thru the summer months, he needs to really think again.
The majority of Islanders travel off island via the bridge whether it be summer or winter. There are four obvious reasons for this: (1) it is more convenient; (2) faster than the ferry (10 minutes opposed to one hour fifteen minutes); (3) the cost is considerably lower than the ferry; (4) ferry doesn’t run thru the winter months.
Should Mr. MacAulay have his way we will not see a toll free bridge, even though it is something I’m sure all islanders would appreciate. No one wishes to see Islanders lose their jobs, it is nevertheless a fact of life, things change and people move on. I’m exasperated and extremely disappointed to see an Island Member of Parliament who is clearly working against the majority of islanders.
F. Ben Rodgers,