Government abandoning Northern Ontario with end to ACR funding

Ottawa – The Conservative government is abandoning Northern Ontario businesses to save a meagre amount of money says Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing, MP Carol Hughes.

Hughes condemned Transport Canada’s recent decision to unilaterally cancel the modest funding that allowed the Algoma Central Railway to run a passenger rail service between Sault Ste. Marie and Hearst. 

“Last week Transport Canada quietly announced it will cut funding that supports the rural passenger line,” said Hughes. “Leaving hunting and fishing lodges inaccessible, hurting tourism, and damaging the local economy”

Hughes has been in contact with tourist operators who are busy drumming up business at trade shows and taking bookings for the upcoming season only to discover that all their hard work has been put in peril. 

“These are Mom and Pop businesses who don’t know how they will get their guests to the remote locations they operate in without the ACR passenger service,” said Hughes. “It is a case of the government missing the big picture while they count pennies.”

Hughes says that the Conservatives are proving they have no answers for the economy in Northern Ontario or even a basic understanding of how many livelihoods are affected by decisions like this.

“Why is this government unilaterally abandoning the communities, businesses, and tourists who rely on the ACR?” said Hughes. “Why won’t this government stand up for Northern Ontario?”