Value Property Group erected a for lease sign on its parcel of land at Laval Crescent and Notre Dame Drive in Kamloops. The company wants to redevelop the property, which has tenant Greyhound looking for a new site for its depot.                                KTW file photo

Value Property Group erected a for lease sign on its parcel of land at Laval Crescent and Notre Dame Drive in Kamloops. The company wants to redevelop the property, which has tenant Greyhound looking for a new site for its depot. KTW file photo

Letter: Council of Canadians respond to Greyhound response

Good highway bus network would improve economy and social health in B.C.

Editor,

Greyhound has been cutting bus service in Canada for years, and vice-president Stuart Kendrick’s response to our op-ed shows Greyhound’s corporate owners (FirstGroup) have no intention of reversing this decline.

Instead of decisive improvement, the best Kendrick can envision is inadequate “bus services continue for the long term.”

Public funding to maintain a dismal status quo and send profits overseas is no answer. We can, and must, create a really good highway bus network to cut climate pollution, prevent deaths and injuries, and improve the economic and social health of British Columbia communities.

Greyhound’s dedicated front-line staff would love to help create a great highway bus network, but United Kingdom-based FirstGroup is apparently not interested.

A public bus service, employing existing Greyhound workers and hiring many more, is the better way forward.

Joanne Banks

Bruce Bidgood

Eric Doherty

Council of Canadians members