VIA RAIL CANADA ACT Introduced Again In Parliament

Another VIA RAIL CANADA ACT is proposed in Parliament

Irene Mathyssen , NDP MP for London—Fanshawe, ON on October 16th, 2017 has moved for leave to introduce Bill C-370, An Act to continue VIA Rail Canada Inc. under the name VIA Rail Canada, to amend the Canada Transportation Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts.

NDP MP for Gaspésie—Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Philip Toone had previously tried to have a VIA Rail Canada Act Bill C-640 passed unsuccessfully in 2015.  This was after other unsuccessful attempts By MP Olivia Chow Bill C-577 and Philip Toone C-614.

We appreciate the effort the NDP has put into this sensible idea to help solve the continuing downward slide at VIA Rail.

The attempts to get a VIA Rail Act passed are not new. Former Liberal Federal Minister of Transport David Collenette also tried to have Bill C-26 passed in 2003.

All eyes are on the Trudeau government to see if VIA Rail we will be revived or if other options to provide passenger rail service in Canada will be pursued.

1 comment:

  1. VIA needs to change its name. The issue is not high speed rail. From Victoria B.C to Halifax, Nova Scotia the name VIA was about high prices, not on time and associated problems similar to C.P.and C.N. of yesteryear. It needs legislation from freight predators who put the public last. Make high speed rail a separate corridor company much like the West Coast Express where VIA maintains the cars. Bring commuter rail to Vancouver Island first as part of the Express. VIA makes money as a shop repair center given the legislation separate from their trains which would operate under a different name. Then there is the Churchill problem for example. I support high speed rail in the corridor and commuter rail on Vancouver Island.