High times ahead for Canadian rails, including VIA Rail Canada

October 21, 2015

Canada’s three major railways should benefit from the Oct. 19, 2015 sea-to-sea election sweep by Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party of Canada. Trudeau’s party even managed to get four members of parliament elected in Alberta’s two metropolises, Calgary and Edmonton—the ideological and financial anchors of the defeated Stephen Harper’s pro-pipeline and anti-rail Conservative government.Website Insert New Passenger Train Service copy

Canadian voters issued the final death warrant for the ailing Keystone XL trans-border pipeline project, for which Harper was the last surviving cheerleader, having spent millions of taxpayer dollars promoting the private-sector scheme. The election of a greener government determined to redeem Canada from its reputation as an environmental pariah means a screeching halt to expansion of Alberta’s northern tar sands.

New pipeline capacity is decades away because the Liberal government has promised to restore credible social and environmental assessment processes before new energy projects will be considered.

David Thomas of Railway Age has the full story by clicking here.

 

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