Trudeau’s comments patronizing to those stuck in tunnel traffic

Editor:

Yesterday at 9:30 a.m. I drove into Richmond from Vancouver and even at that late hour in the “rush hour” southbound traffic was backed up almost to the Blundell Road overpass. Most of the traffic consisted of large trucks and semi-trailers belching diesel fumes as they waited to go through the George Massey Tunnel.

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I returned to Vancouver at 3 p.m. and again the southbound traffic was backed up north of Blundell.

Listening to the prime minister on a radio station interview extolling the virtues of the billion-plus-dollars the federal government is providing for the Broadway to UBC subway and the Surrey ALRT, I was sickened to hear his patronizing comments that this “money would allow parents to get home earlier to help with homework”

Perhaps if Justin Trudeau, in company with Premier John Horgan and Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, had taken Highway 99 to their Surrey meeting at either 9:30 a.m. or 3 p.m. he would not have made such a patronizing statement.

Many more parents take the tunnel than travel to UBC. We need the bridge.

Joan Gales

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