Recently, in compliance with a request, an extra coach was added, dubbed a "club car", but the only service it provides is bar service. Actually it is more a tavern than a club car for, according to the employees, they can't even make toast, since the train does not travel fast enough to generate the power required for the heating of the appliances used in making a plain sandwich.
The actual distance between Quebec and Jonquiere, by rail is 235 miles whereas by highway it is only 125 miles. A motor car or bus will cover the distance in three hours but the train trip from Jonquiere to Quebec takes eight or nine hours. And this is A.D. 1957!
A town like Jonquiere which, together with Kenogami, has a population of about 40,000, has yet been unable to secure a 24-hour a day telegraph service, so that in emergencies we have to resort to teletypes provided by people who have them available.
It seems to me that the Saguenay area, one undergoing extraordinary expansion, should at last be given an efficient and satisfactory train service. When we ask for information on the revenues of the C.N.R. in this region, the railway authorities give us the figures for the Atlantic region. According to people in the know, the Saguenay line is one of the most profitable on the whole Canadian National Railways system. At the same time it is one of the worst and the slowest in this country.
I feel that some thought should soon be given to the rebuilding of this line so that it could give a type of service which would allow the Canadian National Railways to have their share of the traffic, while giving the people the service they deserve.
Topic: ESTABLISHMENT OF COMMITTEE ON RAILWAYS AND SHIPPING OWNED, OPERATED AND CONTROLLED BY THE GOVERNMENT