Province determined to derail
The province appears determined to privatize
the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission
despite the urging of local mayors.
Timmins Mayor Jamie Lim said her meeting with
Northern Development Tim Hudak didn't provide
her with any new hope of reversing the provinces
decision to sell off ONTCs rail and
Hudak was in Timmins Thursday to meet with a
coalition of local mayors who are pushing for a
rural medical school in the North being
established in the North.
During the afternoon, Lim had the opportunity
to meet with Hudak one-on-one to discuss a
number of other issues including the future of
I think their position has been quite clear,
that they're moving forward in the governments
plan to privatize ONTCs telecommunications,
passenger and freight rail services, Lim said,
following her meeting with Hudak.
We've been steadily trying to reinforce our
position and that was asking for time, asking if
a new board or a consultant could be brought in
to bring some new creativity or new innovative
marketing concept to rail.
Speaking doubtfully, she added, I'm not sure
were going to get that moratorium.
Passenger rail is the service thats most at
peril from the governments privatization plan.
Hudak has given the ONTC board until this
summer to find a buyer for the money-losing
Northlander passenger rail service. Failing
that, Hudak has said the Northlander will be
replaced by express bus service.