Chamber talks transit referendum

Businesses will hear the case for voting yes to this spring’s tax-hike plebiscite at the local chamber’s Feb. 5 luncheon

  • Jan. 28, 2015 10:00 a.m.

Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows businesses will hear the case for voting yes to this spring’s tax-hike plebiscite at the local chamber’s Feb. 5 luncheon meeting at Pitt Meadows Golf Course.

Port Coquitlam Mayor Greg Moore and B.C. Chamber of Commerce president John Winter, will make the case for an affirmative vote to the mail-in plebiscite, which takes place March 16 to May 29.

Moore is the spokesperson for the Mayors Council on Regional Transportation.

The council devised the Mayor’s Council Transportation and Transit Plan as required by the provincial government, then proposed the half-per-cent hike in sales tax hike as a way to pay for it.

The B.C. Chamber is supporting the half-per-cent hike in the provincial sales tax, saying that Metro Vancouver needs the money that will be raised from what’s now called the Congestion Improvement Tax to improve infrastructure.

The chamber also helped support the Better Transit and Transportation Coalition, formed to support the tax hike.

• The luncheon will take place between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.