The government of British Columbia launched a review of TransLink and B.C. Ferries yesterday “to ensure that customers are getting the most value for their money.”

The review, requested by Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Shirley Bond, will evaluate everything from operating costs to the quality of customer service of both companies.

“Like all other entities that receive public funding, it is essential both TransLink and B.C. Ferries operate in a financially sound and sustainable manner,” Bond said in a statement.

Comptroller general Cheryl Wenezenki-Yolland will conduct the reviews of the companies, and no one will be immune.

Executives sitting on the board of directors will have their salaries looked at, as well as the appointment process that got them there.

B.C. Ferries CEO David Hahn, for example, reportedly received about $1 million in total compensation last year, which has drawn criticism from New Democrat ferries critic Gary Coons.

“British Columbians don’t need a million-dollar man at B.C. Ferries. They need a system that is affordable and accountable to taxpayers,” Coons said.

Wenezenki-Yolland will also try to determine if the companies try to save taxpayers’ money by using cheaper alternate service providers.

The reviews are to be completed by Sept. 30.

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