Letter: Mayors on hook for TransLink

Dear Editor,

The region’s mayors have what they wished for: they wanted more influence over TransLink, and they got it. Now the public will hold them accountable for TransLink.

Fare hikes, asset sales, complaint oversight, executive salaries, strategic planning, and recommendations for new taxes are now firmly in the mayors’ control. It’s up to them to walk their big talk on TransLink.

The mayors’ first order of business should be slashing executive salaries. TransLink CEO Ian Jarvis is the highest-salaried local government employee in B.C., at $394,730. He makes $88,000 more than his counterpart in

Toronto, $97,000 more than Montreal’s CAO, $203,000 more than King County’s boss, and $166,000 more than Portland’s transit head. Before there’s any talk of squeezing taxpayers for more dollars, executive pay, inefficiencies, and TransLink management fiefdoms must be addressed.

Jordan Bateman, Langley (Canadian Taxpayers Federation)

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