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Carol presses for return of ACR cash

Friday, March 28, 2014   by: SooToday.com Staff

NEWS RELEASE

CAROL HUGHES, MP

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OTTAWA – With the deadline for termination of passenger services on the Algoma Central Railway (ACR) looming, people in the region are wondering if the Conservatives will be part of any solution to a problem that they created. 

That was the message delivered by Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing, MP Carol Hughes in the House of Commons Thursday.

Hughes tabled another in a series of petitions calling on the Conservative government to restore funding that made the service viable for CN who own the ACR.

“This petition is signed by people from Sault Ste. Marie, Richards Landing, Echo Bay, Thessalon, Bruce Mines, Wawa, and Searchmont all of whom are asking the government to reinstate the funding for passenger services on the Algoma Central Railway,” said Hughes. “They say this will be problematic for communities, property owners, and particularly for businesses.”

The decision to cut the subsidy for the ACR’s passenger service will have significant impact on tourism in the region.  

Without passenger services, tourists will have less access to an area that is rich in history and offers unique recreation opportunities that are an important part of the economy in Northern Ontario.

“These people want the government to help with the funding for at least another year to protect jobs in the region,” said Hughes.

Passenger services have been expended until April 29th of this year but will not continue without assistance according to CN. 

The subsidy that helped offset the losses was cancelled by the Conservative government in 2013 but termination of services was only made known in late January of this year.

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Ski-Dude 3/28/2014 11:47:07 AM Report

Does anyone know if the 2.2 Mil got earmarked to fund other projects/programs/pay increases etc. or was it for a reduction in the budget? Did I miss this information somewhere?
B Boy 3/28/2014 11:51:05 AM Report


I keep seeing articles citing a significant impact to the region's tourism but no one has yet included any details.

What's significant?
$1,000,000
$10,000,000
$100,000,000
or $100,000

If you're going to attempt to make a case, show the numbers. Otherwise it comes across as a "just because"argument.

I'd be very disappointed if throughout this no one has put together any form of an actual impact study (or did I miss it?).
crashed13 3/28/2014 11:54:59 AM Report

Its not like years back, there are very few place left that are not road accessible today.
Some roads cross private property now but they should of though of that before they allow the ACR to sell a hundred square miles to a single millionaire.
Their are now 3 people that if they put their private property together it would be the size of a provincial park.

Speaking of parks, I'm amazed they are not for sale yet for some quick cash.
Dictionary 3/28/2014 12:22:37 PM Report

BBOY...

The EDC and opposition has been working on those very numbers you seek... Be patient! It's not easy to imagine this costing the north FAR MORE than 2mill.
BIG BROTHER 3/28/2014 12:25:17 PM Report

Nice to see Carol doing Brian's job.
steelworker 3/28/2014 12:45:08 PM Report

Nice to see Carol doing SFA but that is typical of the NDP.
right wing 3/28/2014 12:46:15 PM Report

B Boy

Agreed.
That is exactly what the opposition does, sit back and criticize while offering nothing in a solid solution.
The rail is a private FOR PROFIT business, so I ask, if the government funds for another year, what then?
How long does the taxpayer prop up a losing business?
I'm sure we all would like to have a solution.
It's not like it was unknown that this problem has existed for a long time...what solutions have the EDC been developing during this time.
I guess it was not a problem until the government tightened it's belt...exactly what most Canadians want them to do.

...and Big Bro...Carol can crow...but you have to get elected to do Bryan's job.

steelworker 3/28/2014 12:56:47 PM Report

If the NDP ever got in power they would maybe give the railroad the money with the stipulation that there is a bicycle path beside the tracks to the Canyon. The big tourist attraction would be a rub and tug (The Happy Ending Lodge).
Mr. Poster 3/28/2014 1:12:07 PM Report

Hayes should resign !!! He is supposed to represent the needs of this area...NOT...do as the PM dictates. All he is good for is touting the party line as presented in memos from the PM's office. Do the right thing Bryan...please do not run again.
right wing 3/28/2014 1:17:24 PM Report

Mr Poster

Well he won't resign just because you ask for it I can assure you that.
He will run again and he stands as good a chance of winning as he did the first round.
Let me guess...now you're going to tell me that you voted for him.
steelworker 3/28/2014 1:21:18 PM Report

Maybe Carol should be pushing her boss (Horwath) to quit propping up the super-corrupt Liberal Party and force an election. This bullcrap over the ACR is just smoke and mirrors to deflect attention from the NDP/Lib coalition.
Buddy_Bob 3/28/2014 1:23:00 PM Report

I feel they already made up their minds and gave up on tourism in Algoma, and the tour train, when they okay'd the windmill projects.
Mr. Poster 3/28/2014 1:24:35 PM Report

RIGHT WING...he can win if the other 2 local parties put up weak candidates. The NDP already has done that. Lets see what the Libs have to offer local voters. I voted NDP last time.
BIG BROTHER 3/28/2014 2:50:23 PM Report

Don't forget who allowed ACR to sell the rail, separate from the land, in the first place. Cons.

I haven't heard a peep from Brian on this.
BIG BROTHER 3/28/2014 2:51:35 PM Report

Dum-dum,
Steely....it's a federal issue.
ranny 3/28/2014 3:51:43 PM Report

I would not mind travelling on a train during my vacation. Wished there was a train that would run across Ontario. Plus be a cheaper way to travel and not pay high gas price while travelling. :)
Riverpilot 3/28/2014 5:04:06 PM Report

A little tidbit which may help keep this project on the tracks...so to speak! A company near Dubreuilville called Argonaut Gold (look up video on Youtube)has very big plans in the works for a large open pit gold mine operation with projected start-up potentially in 2016/17. If all goes accordingly, the railway was potentially considered to import workers from the Sault region(up to 400 +) for construction phase. Perhaps some representative from CAPT can initiates talks to see what commitment can be established. This may be the show-stopper! Worth looking into! The company is based out of Nevada(with office in Dubreuilville) and may not be aware of the current potential demise of the rail service.
I'm In 3/29/2014 3:05:28 AM Report

steelworker the PC's have a majority government, they can do what ever they want when they want, Hughes only can raise the issue
copper4 3/29/2014 2:41:19 PM Report

No need for funding, I can't read about this anymore, actually a very easy solution, all railways have high rail buses, not sure why they need a train to haul a few passengers to camp. Use the highrail bus, take out last few rows of seats for people's luggage or gear, they could also haul small trailer for a few things, though this might not be perfect solution as large cargo can't be hauled, it certainly wouldn't use thousands of dollars in fuel each trip and would only need one operator. This might be a short term solution at a very low cost.
kaycee53 4/2/2014 9:53:42 PM Report

Right Wing: The subsidy for this train is a miniscule part of the federal budget. And the subsidy is offset by the HST they receive from those purchasing train tickets and HST spent in the area by those coming from out-of-town to take the train. I took the train this past weekend from SSM>Heart>SSM. In addition to my train fare I spent a little over $600.00 in local business plus my airfare & taxi in Toronto. Over $1000.00 in total plus HST - HST monies which go directly back to the Federal gov't. So this $2.2M subsidy is reduced every time someone takes that train & contributes to the local economy. The businesses I spent money at will also pay taxes on their profit from my purchases. These are not easily measurable benefits, but I would suspect that the actual cost of the train subsidy is more than offset by monies recovered in other areas. A classic case of gov't being penny-wise and pound-foolish. I don't know too many taxpayers who are in favour of that type of thinking.
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