NDP Urges Premier and Prime Minister to Act Quickly To Address Crisis in Churchill and the North

June 14, 2017

Tom Lindsey, MLA for Flin Flon, has sent letters to the premier of Manitoba and the prime minister of Canada urging both levels of government to act immediately to address the crisis in the Town of Churchill and the North resulting from the closure of the Omnitrax rail line.

“The residents of Churchill and other northern communities are running short of supplies and the region’s economy is in jeopardy,” said Lindsey. “They can’t afford the high cost of flying in supplies and they can’t wait a year for the rail line to be repaired. The province and the federal government must act now to address this crisis.”

In the short term, the province and Ottawa must help offset the extra costs of flying in supplies to maintain the town, the region and their residents, Lindsey said. In the long term, both levels of government must work together to nationalize the rail line and ensure that it is properly maintained and able to supply Churchill and the North, he added.

“Churchill has had a double blow to its economy. First, the port was closed. Now, the flow of tourists has been severely curtailed with the closure of the rail line,” Lindsey said. “Churchill is strategically and economically important to the North. It is vital that the province and Ottawa act quickly to help residents and preserve this jewel of the North.”

Letters to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier Brain Pallister can be downloaded by clicking the Adobe Acobat icon below.

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