VIA Rail praised, government panned by financial watchdog

May 5, 2016

Written by  David Thomas, Contributing Editor, Railway Age Magazine

Canada’s chief financial watchdog praised VIA Rail’s internal management April 3 but slammed successive national governments for failing to support the state-owned passenger railway with strategic planning and capital investment.Website Insert Coach Business Class Food Service copy

“We found that VIA had made efforts to define a long-term strategic direction. However, despite its efforts, the Corporation still had no long-term plan or direction approved by the federal government,” reported Auditor General Michael Ferguson.

“For a number of years, VIA has received from the government only short-term approval of its funding and five-year corporate plan, and often late in the Corporation’s fiscal year. In this context, VIA could not fulfill its mandate as economically, efficiently and effectively as desired. The significant deficiency could also compromise the Corporation’s medium- and long-term viability.”

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