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Local MLA calls for BC Ferries to end fuel surcharge

The NDP’s shadow transportation minister and North Island MLA Claire Trevena  is suggesting something can be done immediately by the government and BC Ferries to show good faith after a week of bad press, remove the fuel surcharge.

Trevena says removing the surcharge would be one step in dealing with the hiked fares.

Meanwhile, BC Ferries CEO Mike Corrigan says the fuel surcharge isn’t going away just yet.

Financial reports released Friday show Ferries made a profit of just over 90 million dollars for April through September. It brought in 10 million dollars through the surcharge, but Corrigan says there’s a “disconnect” right now between oil and gasoline prices and the cost of diesel fuel.

Corrigan says they’re expecting a decision from the Ferry Commissioner in the next couple of weeks on whether they can go ahead an spend money converting the big Spirit-class ships to run on LNG and diesel.
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