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e-501 (Rail transportation)

Initiated by Dawne Cunningham from Sault Ste Marie, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Minister of Transport

  • The Algoma passenger train has not been operating for a year and has resulted in substantial hardships for residents, businesses, and other passengers;
  • 75% of properties in proximity to the rail line are inaccessible except by rail service;
  • Alternate ways of access are not reliable, safe, year round, or nonexistent;
  • The few industrial roads are only maintained when and if industries need them, and are not for public use;
  • Due to further economic downturns in Algoma district, we cannot afford this loss of train-related employment, economic impact and lack of safe, reliable access to continue;
  • Passenger train service is necessary for First Nations to access remote regions of their traditional territories;
  • The cancellation infringes on the federal government’s obligation of consultation with First Nations; and
  • The Algoma passenger train has been the only safe, affordable, all-season access into the Algoma wilderness rail corridor for over 100 years.
We, the undersigned, Citizens of Canada, call upon the Minister of Transport to put the Algoma passenger train back in service in order to ensure the mission of Transport Canada to “serve the public interest through promotion of a safe and secure, efficient and environmentally responsible transportation system in Canada” is fulfilled.
Government response tabled on March 7, 2017 (Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-10-10)
Open for signature
August 16, 2016, at 9:04 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
December 14, 2016, at 9:04 a.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Carol Hughes (Algoma—Manitoulin—Kapuskasing)
February 22, 2017 (Petition No. 421-01160)
Government response tabled
March 7, 2017
Photo - Carol Hughes
New Democratic Party Caucus
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