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e-3938 (Transportation)

Initiated by Kristopher Whittaker from Winnipeg, Manitoba

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the House of Commons

  • VIA Rail Canada is an essential service owned by the Canadian public;
  • VIA Rail Canada is a public asset that must remain public;
  • VIA Rail Canada is the sole option to affordable, intra-provincial travel for countless Canadians;
  • Passenger rail is the most environmentally friendly mode of mass transportation;
  • VIA Rail Canada is an affordable and green essential service that must remain accessible to all Canadians;
  • Profit is the driving factor for any privately owned or publicly traded company. History shows us that privatization inherently leads to less service, lower wages, fewer jobs, higher costs, and closure of assets and routes deemed non-profitable all at the detriment of the end-user; and
  • At a time when the ever-changing climate has become one of humanity's greatest concerns, we as a nation should be investing in and championing passenger rail as a green, economical and efficient alternative to travel within Canada, accessible to all. To privatize this piece of VIA Rail Canada's network is taking a major step backward in accessible transportation to all.
We, the undersigned, Residents of Canada, call upon the Minister of Transport to stop the privatization of VIA Rail Canada in the Quebec City-Windsor corridor, VIA Rail’s most profitable service.
Open for signature
March 18, 2022, at 1:45 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
May 17, 2022, at 1:45 p.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Elizabeth May (Saanich—Gulf Islands)
June 14, 2022 (Petition No. 441-00570)
Photo - Elizabeth May
Saanich—Gulf Islands
Green Party Caucus
British Columbia
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