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April 1, 2007
CAW meets with Transport Minister to discuss VIA Rail funding
Following a letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and as part of the CAW campaign to secure funding for VIA Rail, CAW representatives met with Transport
Minister Lawrence Cannon in Ottawa recently.  The CAW delegation included CAW President Buzz Hargrove, CAW Council 4000 President Bob Fitzgerald, CAW
Local 100 President Bryon De Baets, National representative Doug Olshewski and Bob Chernecki, assistant to the CAW president.
At the March 27 meeting, the CAW presented an overview and written brief on the importance of the Harper government providing the necessary funding for VIA
Rail.  This funding is absolutely critical to ensure this vital national passenger rail service remains viable into the future.

The delegation also presented hundreds of VIA Rail campaign postcards which were filled out by CAW members and the general public outlining their support
for the federal government properly funding VIA Rail.

Following the hour long meeting, the Transport Minister committed his government’s support for VIA and indicated they were currently working with VIA on the
financial requirements as outlined by VIA’s management team.

Hargrove was emphatic that this must be made a priority for the federal government because of VIA’s role in linking the country together and providing solid
employment for thousands of Canadians.

“If the government is sincere in their green strategy there isn’t a better investment that could be made than the VIA passenger rail system,” Hargrove said.
De Baets and Fitzgerald also emphasized with the Minister and his staff that VIA CAW members, their families and communities are counting on the
commitment to properly fund VIA.

CAW members are urged to continue filling out campaign post cards and to continue contacting their MPs on the issue.

Source:  CAW NewsNow

Related:   CAW VIA Rail Campaign