Mark0f0 wrote:So Trudeau thinks he can just snap his fingers and force a private company to conjure up $$$ to repair a line whose only customers are VIA Rail, and town supplies:On another site, David Jeanes quotes section 47 of the Canada Transportation Act:
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Meanwhile VIA stands to save millions by not operating the train in operating expenses.
Anyone have an idea of just what leverage the government has, without passing legislation to do the repairs and essentially nationalize the line? Does this bring up any ugliness for residents of, for instance, the Gaspe Peninsula, or Vancouver Island, who have lost VIA service due to railway maintenance neglect?
> 47 (1) Where the Governor in Council is of the opinion that
> (a) an extraordinary disruption to the effective continued operation of the national transportation system exists or is imminent, other than a labour disruption,
> (b) failure to act under this section would be contrary to the interests of users and operators of the national transportation system, and
> (c) there are no other provisions in this Act or in any other Act of Parliament that are sufficient and appropriate to remedy the situation and counter the actual or anticipated damage caused by the disruption,
> the Governor in Council may, on the recommendation of the Minister and the minister responsible for the Bureau of Competition Policy, by order, take any steps, or direct the Agency to take any steps, that the Governor in Council considers essential to stabilize the national transportation system, including the imposition of capacity and pricing restraints.