2003 Legislative Session: 4th Session, 37th Parliament
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Ms. JOY MacPHAIL
Whereas the people living in the interior of British Columbia expect that they be treated equitably when it comes to transportation infrastructure;
Whereas the government has initiated a process to sell the future Coquihalla toll revenue stream over the next 55 years, ensuring continued tolling on the Coquihalla Highway many years beyond the promised term of the toll;
Whereas the government has already imposed an increase in the gas tax to fund highway infrastructure;
Whereas the people of British Columbia do not believe that government owned assets should be sold off to pay for this government's record deficits and failed economic policies;
THEREFORE HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of British Columbia, enacts as follows:
1 Section 45, Ministry of Transportation and Highways Act [RSBC 1996] Chapter 311 is repealed and replaced with the following:
45 (1) The government may establish a system of tolls to be paid in respect of the use of vehicles on the highway.
(2) The future revenues generated under subsection (1) cannot be leased, contracted out, sold or auctioned off or otherwise granted to an entity other than the provincial government.
2 This Act comes into force upon Royal Assent.
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