-From the NDP’s Official Opposition website
BC Liberal ferry fire sale leaves millions on the table
British Columbians facing massive increases in ferry fares deserve to know why BC Ferries poured $15 million into a refit for a vessel, then practically gave it away, says New Democrat deputy spokesperson on BC Ferries Gary Holman. [SPN ed: The Fiji SUN reports that the previous owner spent $28M CAN on upgrades, see article in Resources below.]
“BC Ferries spent $15 million refitting the Queen of Chilliwack, then almost immediately turned around to sell it at more than a $13 million loss,” said Holman. “It’s no surprise that Christy Clark’s government and BC Ferries are hiding the sale price of the Queen of Chilliwack to a company in Fiji. They sold this ferry for a fraction of the cost of what they paid to refit it.”
“While Christy Clark is busy grabbing all she can from the pockets of the middle class through rising MSP premiums, ICBC premiums, hydro rates and ferry fares, at the same time, she’s leaving millions on the table in bad deals,” said Holman.
This fire sale follows the 2014 land sale in Coquitlam’s Burke Mountain neighborhood, where Christy Clark’s government let go of land valued at $128 million for just $85 million – selling one 16-acre parcel of land, valued at $5.6 million, for just $100,000.
- Original release
- Times Colonist reporting the September 2015 sale was for $1.8 million
- Fiji Sun reporting “previous owner” spent $28M on upgrades
- Specs for the Queen of Chilliwack ferry
- April 28, 2015 RFEOI for the sale of the Queen of Chilliwack