OUR VIEW: Let them ride Hepnercopters

Mayor wants helicopter service in Surrey. At the same time 160 groups are fighting for better transit affordability for disabled and elderly

Surreal. Seldom do we see such a grim show of economic disparity in Surrey as we have this past week. The ever-expanding gap between those above and those beneath, with our very own mayor at the joystick.

On the one hand, we have Surrey Mayor Linder Hepner using her annual State of the City Address to hype the idea of building helipads here so executives can flit back and forth between Surrey, Vancouver and Victoria.

SEE ALSO: Hepner wants helipads in Surrey

Heaven forbid that CEOs should suffer in traffic gridlock along with the unwashed everyone else, pay tolls for public projects or be met with single-lane bridge bottlenecks and rage-inducing construction delays.

On the other hand, no less than 160 anti-poverty, disability, faith, immigrant and refugee groups have this past week petitioned the provincial government to make public transit affordable for disabled and elderly people, many of  whom are forced to choose between buying food or a bus ride.

Shall they try to catch the canapés raining down from on high?

Let them ride Hepnercopters.

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