Metro Vancouver mayors have high hopes for new NDP Translink boss

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By Jennifer Saltman, Vancouver Sun

July 18th, 2017 – Members of TransLink’s Mayors’ Council say rookie MLA Bowinn Ma has the right qualifications to be parliamentary secretary for TransLink, a portfolio that’s important to Metro Vancouver residents.

The government brought TransLink, responsible for Metro transit and major roads, under the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, and appointed Ma, who was an engineer and project manager for the Vancouver Airport Authority, as parliamentary secretary to deal with the transit authority.

“Bowinn is obviously very excited about taking on the role. I think she’s got a really interesting background with an engineering degree and connection to transportation policy, so I think she’ll be very knowledgeable,” said New Westminster Mayor Jonathan Coté, who chairs the TransLink Mayors’ Council’s funding-strategy committee.

He said it was “critically important” to have someone who is familiar the issues faced in the region responsible for TransLink.

Port Coquitlam Mayor Greg Moore, who is also on the Mayors’ Council, agreed.

“I think it’s excellent that we have someone from the Lower Mainland responsible for TransLink,” Moore said.

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