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Delta mayor Lois Jackson is staying out of the transit debate

04/01/2015 02:59 EDT | Updated 06/01/2015 05:59 EDT
Don't expect to hear a peep out of Delta, B.C., mayor Lois Jackson on the transit funding plebiscite.

She won't even say whether she voted yes or no.

Delta residents should make up their own minds and it's not up to her to influence how they should vote, Jackson said.

"People didn't like being told how to vote."

"They wanted to be able to have the information and make their decision based on the information," Jackson said.

Delta residents asked for their feedback

Instead of taking a position like most other Metro Vancouver mayors, Jackson asked Delta residents for their feedback.

The municipality received a few hundred responses which were compiled into a report that went to council this week.

About 60 percent of respondents said they were voting no and roughly 30 percent said they were voting yes.

"The only one thing that we really asked for was getting a 610 bus out of Tsawwassen that is a direct connection to the downtown area, especially for seniors," Jackson said.

"That still wasn't in the cards. I think it was disappointing to a lot of the people that they didn't see something really concrete."

Mayor says residents don't have enough information

Jackson says she wasn't surprised by the results, partly because Delta residents haven't received a clear explanation on what they will get if the vote passes.

"It was pretty slim on details," she said.

"I'm concerned about that because we should have had a far better educational program from the Mayor's Council, in my opinion, than to simply go out there and yell yes or no," she said.

"That's the way I think it appeared to most people. Don't shove this down my throat, I want the information so that I can make my own decision."

Jackson said the biggest transportation issue in Delta has already been addressed.

The province has announced a new bridge will be built to replace the aging Massey Tunnel, regardless of whether the plebiscite passes.

Metro Vancouver residents have until May 29 to vote on whether there should be 0.5 percent sales tax increase to help fund transit projects in the region.

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