Statement by NDP MLA Tom Lindsey on the announcement concerning Port of Churchill and the Hudson Bay rail line

Today’s announcement by the Federal Government is an important first step in providing real support that the people of Churchill have needed for over a year. What is needed now is a provincial partner. Premier Pallister needs to stop passing the buck and come to the table with real supports for the people of Churchill. It is about time both levels of Government recognized the plight of Churchill and stepped up to ensure the rail line repairs begin immediately.

The situation is urgent and serious – the window to complete repairs is rapidly closing. The first step that Premier Pallister can take would be to pick up a phone and call the Mayor of Churchill and the Federal Government so that the province assumes its rightful place in ensuring the continued viability of the Town of Churchill.