Mr. George Proud (Hillsborough):
Mr. Speaker, Atlantic Canadians and specifically Prince Edward Islanders will not accept the Tories' agenda of making the rich richer and the poor poorer. The proposed elimination of VIA passenger service is one of the many examples of this agenda.
The constituents of my riding of Hillsborough know what it is like to be cut off from passenger train service. Why? Because we do not have such a service. We have to hop a bus and travel to Moncton. The only tracks left in our red soil are left by the people dragging their feet to the VIA bus.
Aside from the passenger train service, there will be direct and indirect damage done if VIA Rail is canned. Think of the effect on our highways and our tourist industry, and what about the 7,500 Canadians directly employed by VIA Rail? If other industrialized countries can successfully operate such a transportation service, then surely Canada can as well.
Subtopic: VIA RAIL
Sub-subtopic: ATLANTIC CANADA-OPPOSITION TO ELIMINATION OF PASSENGER SERVICE