Chief makes plea to Transport Canada for Algoma Central line

June 17, 2016

By Elaine Della-Mattia, Sault Star

Missanabie Cree Chief Jason Gauthier was knocking on Ottawa’s doors Thursday hoping to meet with Transport Minister Marc Garneau to talk about the Algoma Passenger Train Service.Website Insert Start Here copy

Gauthier told The Sault Star that requests to Garneau and Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett were made, and although unanswered, he’s in the nation’s capital to see who will lend him an ear.

“We are doing our due diligence and we are in Ottawa to press for the train,” Gauthier said. “I’m very, very optimistic and I have a feeling things will go well for us.”

Meanwhile, the Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains says support is growing for a plan that will see the Missanabie Cree First Nation proposal that could see the Algoma Passenger Train back in service.

CN Railway announced it would stop running the passenger train service between Sault Ste. Marie and Hearst in January 2014, shortly after it was announced a federal government operating grant for the train would be cut off.

Attempts by a stakeholder community group to have a third-party run the train are ongoing.

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