It’s been a while since we heard from the Canadian Taxpayer’s Federation, hasn’t it?  Fret not!  Here’s its president BC director, Maureen Bader, writing in the storied pages of the Georgia Straight.  She seem to think that because the airline industry shifted from a high-cost/high-quality equilibrium to a low-cost/low-quality equilibrium in the last decade, Translink is inefficient.  Wait.  What?  No, I don’t get it either.

Anyway, the real point is Bader’s whole-hog embrace of the review dodge:

TransLink wants another $450 million per year to continue expanding its expensive, heavily subsidized system. Taxpayers are expected to pay more and more for a very small, if any, improvement in ridership.

When the premier says TransLink needs to reduce costs before it gets more tax dollars, he is right. . . Instead of continuing to be a high cost supplier of transit services, TransLink needs to tender competitively to reduce both its costs and its fares to boost unsubsidized ridership. Until real reform occurs, it’s TransLink that needs to take a hike.

I bet you didn’t see that coming, did you?  First, Translink’s wasting too much money because it’s inefficient.  Second, it needs to become more efficient by–Can you guess?–privatizing its operations.  And Translink needs to make these changes before it gets the $450 million a year it needs to keep expanding service.

The striking thing is that Bader offers no analysis whatsoever to support her claim that Translink is grossly inefficient (besides, of course, her non-sequitur comparison to the airline industry).  You’d think that someone so sure that Translink is that inefficient would be able to say something about where exactly the inefficiencies are.  But the nice thing about being an ideologue is that you never need to look at an issue’s details before having an opinion about it.

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