Taxing Rhetoric

That’s Jordan Bateman of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, who I’ve written about here. This is nominally a comment on the supposed incompetance of Translink officials to collect the tickets they issue for fare evasion.

However, the truth turns out to be Translink was only given the power to issue tickets. Actual collection of fines is left to other agencies. It’s a reflection of the overall structural problemsTranslink has been kneecapped with by successive governments. See Paul Hillsdon and Gordon Price for more on this.

But this post isn’t really about Translink. It’s about rhetoric.

Translink leadership make mistakes. They make bad decisions. They should called out for it. But that’s not Bateman is doing. He’s just wants to rail against generic “executives” for incompetence (which as we see is based on a false premise). He’s got an ideological agenda to advance, and hey…what’s the harm?

But those Translink executives are real people and this was an attack on them, in a  personal and derogatory way.

When I pointed this out to Bateman on Twitter, he blocked me.

That says all you need to know about his quality interest in finding solutions for our transit system.