E&N federal funding already in place letters
(Re: Province remains committed to E&N funding, Chronicle, July 28)
On Aug. 8, 2013 I wrote a letter to Marc Labliberte, president and CEO of Via Rail, comparing the short rail track between Québec City and Clermont (on the North Shore of the St. Lawrence River) with the E&N line, now owned by the Island Corridor Foundation.
The Québec-Clairmont line, at 150 km and serving an estimated population of 33,000, compares with: the approximately 220 km of track between Victoria and Courtney, serving an estimated population of 231,000; or with the Victoria-Parksville E&N segment of 150 km serving a population of about 188,000.
In Québec I photographed an Action Canada sign, promoting: “Rehabilitation of railroads of interest to Québec.”
I sent this information to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Federal Transportation Minister Lisa Raitt, B.C. Premier Christy Clark, B.C. Transportation Minister Todd Stone, and CEO of the Island Corridor Foundation Graham Bruce (among others) and provided my distribution list to all copied with my letter.
On Jan. 8, 2015 Minister Raitt sent me a two-page letter wherein she stated: “In this regard, the Government of Canada has committed $7.5 million in funding through the Building Canada Fund to address critical safety repairs to rail infrastructure on Vancouver Island in partnership with the Province of British Columbia”.
She copied Prime Minister Harper. Has no one else received this message from the minister?