Ferries needs competition, privatizing

Retooling in order of the way B.C. Ferries does business

Re: Trying to reimagine B.C. Ferries (News, Nov. 9)

To my mind, the solution to the problems at B.C. Ferries is to introduce some competition.

First, the ferry terminals should be given to a new Crown corporation and run like airports, acting as landing/departure areas for multiple carriers.

Second, the B.C. Ferries fleet should be privatized, just as Air Canada was. Together these changes would enable other carriers, such as Seaspan or Lady Rose Marine Services, to enter the passenger market and provide much-needed competition, just as Westjet does for the airline industry.

Robert Smith

Victoria