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'We used to have passenger rail, now we have a toy train'

'For the past two decades Northerners have faced non-stop deregulation, privatization, and cancellation of publicly funded and publicly owned services, and where has it gotten us?'
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“What might work in Southern Ontario, sure doesn’t work in the North,” says Nipissing NDP Riding president, Jared Hunt in a news release.

“For the past two decades Northerners have faced non-stop deregulation, privatization, and cancellation of publicly funded and publicly owned services, and where has it gotten us?” questions Hunt.

“We’re not better off, not in the least; in fact, the cost of living has risen so drastically that generations to come may never be able to invest in the future growth of urban and rural communities in Nipissing.”

“To grow communities in the North, we need affordable, reliable, and publicly run infrastructure, not unlike the publicly supported UPS train that goes from Union Station to Pearson, and similar to what students noted when the Premier visited Nipissing and Canadore last month.”

“We used to have passenger rail in North Bay, but the Liberals cancelled it.”

Passenger rail advocate, John Vanthof, NDP MPP for Timiskaming—Cochrane, is visiting North Bay to talk with Nipissing and Canadore students, as well as concerned community members.

Nipissing NDP Riding is hosting MPP Vanthof’s visit at the McKeown Twiggs Coffee Roasters Friday March 3, 2:30, to speak about the cancellation of local passenger rail service and what can be done to make life more affordable for Northerners.

“North Bay is home to a world-class post-secondary education centre, with amazingly talented faculty, staff, and administrators,” reminds Hunt, “and we need to do everything possible to ensure that out-of-town students can travel safely, affordably, and efficiently to and from school.”



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