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The B.C. Liberals had defended the levy for years, wrapping it in a “tolling policy” that was as arbitrary as it was infuriating to folks on both sides of the river.
But a few days before the official start of the 2017 campaign, the governing Liberals surrendered to the complaints. The payout would henceforth be capped at $500 a year for regular users of the crossings.
The New Democrats had been crafting a cap of their own. But when the Liberals came out with theirs first, something extraordinary happened.
“We’re going to get rid of the tolls,” declared NDP campaign director Bob Dewar to his team at party headquarters. “Find out how to do it. But we’re doing it.”
Dewar was a backroom pro recruited by NDP Leader John Horgan from the party apparat...Read More