Ontario citizens encouraged to question politicians about rail service

January 5, 2016

By Stratford, Ontario Beacon Herald Staff

Save VIA has released three new videos that encourage people to ask their elected officials pointed questions about the future of Canada’s passenger rail service.Website Insert Coach Business Class Food Service copy

The group says the three locally-produced videos are the fourth phase of its campaign which began in January of 2013 with a protest at the Stratford VIA Rail station. And they are timed to target the new federal government.

“We’ve got a new government in Ottawa that has inherited the responsibility for making VIA the modern rail service it has always needed to be,” Save VIA’s Chris West said in a media release.

“Now is the time for all Canadians who want to see that modernization and expansion occur to respectfully reach out to their newly-elected representatives. Our new videos are designed to encourage them to do just that in an informed way.”

Produced for Save VIA by Sunspot Media of Stratford, the three videos feature St. Marys residents Anna Ferguson, Erin Emm and Robin Ward.

Entitled An Expensive Train Robbery, Modern Trains for a Modern Canada, and Clearing the Tracks for VIA, the videos can be viewed on the new Save VIA YouTube channel.

Two of the videos are directed at the federal government, asking why VIA has the oldest fleet in the industrialized world and why the publicly-owned corporation gets such a shabby deal from Canada’s freight railways.

The third video is directed to Queen’s Park.

“The Ontario government is just beginning a long and expensive process to build its own high-speed passenger railway between Toronto and Windsor,” West noted. “If it’s ever built, it will cost taxpayers billions and it will bypass St. Marys, Stratford, Woodstock and several other important points in the existing VIA Southwestern Ontario system.

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