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A good topic to raise as Via Rail falls further behind recent developments in technology. I’m a bit worried about the government’s focus on the Quebec-Windsor corridor but, as an occaional user of that service, I know it needs improvement too.
I prefer the train to flying or driving for journeys of a day or less but the scheduling problems Elizabeth mentions make it more difficult and less pleasant.
Here Here, Elizabeth May. The Canadian Dream is the the Rail road that once upon a time not in our to distant past connected Canadians from coast to coast. Growing up in small town NB it was VIA that brought, class, relaxation and joy to my early experiences of travel and fostered my sense of Canadian identy. I got to know my fellow Canadian traveling the rail. The sense of knowing you were on a track in a car which connected Canada from coast to coast was an exhilarating time to grow up. AT some point in recent history some time in the 1990′s the train seemed to disappear from public imagination or from mine at least. The last time I travelled I will never forget. It was from Sackville NB to Montreal Quebec at Christmastime. My girlfriend and I booked a sleeping room. As students we did not have a lot of money but our passage was so affordable it was not a concern. Today much older and separated from my family by a virtually impassable territory I lament this country today. The common Canadian cannot afford to visit relatives and loved ones who are living across the country like we once were able to. I can fly to China for less expense than I can fly to Ottawa from Victoria. The “Canadian” today is so outrageously expensive I can only imagine its seats are reserved only for the upper classes and wealthy tourists for fairy tail vacations. The Canadian dream needs to be remade so all Canadians can know the vast ecological, human and economic diversity of what it once meant to be a proud Canadian.
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