Sunday, September 9, 2007

Ridiculously shortsighted

It seems like every time Burnaby mayor Derek Corrigan opens his mouth about transportation, he shows how completely out-of-touch he is with this region. Take this Tri-City News article, for example, where Corrigan says a long-term transportation plan for the region in unnecessary:
TransLink’s new initiative to draw up a 30-year vision for the future – under orders from Victoria – is folly, according to Burnaby’s mayor.

Derek Corrigan argues that’s too distant a time frame to create a plan.

Within 10 years, he predicted, a 30-year transportation document will be dismissed as an “old plan” much the same as Metro Vancouver’s Liveable Region Strategic Plan is now deemed outdated.

And that brand of shortsightedness is pretty much why we're in the gridlock we're in. While it is impossible to anticipate every contingency, we do know where the growth areas of the region will be, and where the transportation options are needed.


At September 9, 2007 9:59 AM , PelaLusa said...

Reading Derek Corrigan's comments, I was immediately struck by what a contrast his thinking is with one of the most successful companies in the world, Toyota. In this excellent program by BBC News correspondent, Peter Day, it is explained that even though Toyota is on top right now, they are still worrying about and planning well ahead into the future.

I keep hearing that [Metro] Vancouver is on the verge of becoming a world-class city. Nice rhetoric. It's often said that a community's politicians are a clear reflection of the people in the community itself.

Burnaby could do so much better!


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