Mr. Reginald Belair (Cochrane-Superior):
Madam Speaker, last week mayors, citizens and myself strongly argued against the CNR's intention to cancel the North-lander train from North Bay to Toronto.
We have emphatically pointed out that the CNR should not victimize the citizens of northern Ontario by cutting off a transportation service that was affordable to seniors, students, the handicapped and those who have to travel to Toronto for specialized medical attention.
The northern travel grant covers only one-half of their travel costs which are prohibitive to most. While bus transportation is available it is most uncomfortable during the 15 hours it takes to get to Toronto.
The CNR's mandate is to ensure isolated regions of this country are linked to urban centres where special-
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ized services are offered. The need to subsidize the Northlander run will always exist and senior governments have the moral obligation to continue this vital rail transportation service for us.
Subtopic: CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS