Crawl Across the Ocean

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Hornby Bike Lane / Reaction to NDP Governments

Some good news upon my return to Vancouver - I see that city council is going ahead with the separated bike lane on Hornby Street. Given the waffling of the provincial government on the HST, it's nice to see a government forging ahead with a plan despite a swell of ungrounded, yet hysterical opposition.

Speaking of hysterical and largely ungrounded opposition, the Globe and Mail has an excellent post from Gerald Caplan documenting the hysterical opposition that Bob Rae's government faced from business groups and the media when they governed Ontario in the early 1990's. It's too bad that Bob Rae and the NDP conceded so much ground to their opposition, even to the point of not implementing public auto insurance in Ontario. The concessions got them exactly nothing in the way of fairer treatment from the media or less hostility from the business community, so they might as well have stuck to their guns.

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