Change in ferry revenue is just a smokescreen

Losing B.C. government subsidies will leave Ferries with less savings than first appears

Re: Tough decisions needed by Ferries (Our View, Nov. 22)

We are being led to believe that reducing the seniors discount is necessary to improve B.C. Ferries’ bottom line. Every free trip taken by seniors is paid for when BCF sends the government the bill. This change will save the corporation nothing, but may well save the provincial treasury a large sum.

Payments from government to BCF will vanish and because seniors will now travel much less, the 50-per-cent fare they pay will be dramatically less revenue, hurting B.C. Ferries’ bottom line.

Rein Nienaber

Saanich