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2018-10-29 14:01 House intervention / intervention en chambre

Rail passenger transportation, Statements by Members,

Déclarations de députés, Services ferroviaires voyageurs,

Mr. Speaker, on October 29, 1978, VIA Rail launched its first transcontinental service from Montreal to Vancouver. Forty years on, I am privileged to rise in the House to celebrate this Canadian institution, and not just because I am a devoted train buff.

The last time a VIA train went through my riding, Laurentides—Labelle, was in 1981, the year of my birth. Service cuts are a problem in many regions across the country, but I cherish the dream of bringing train travel back for all Canadians.

Thanks to investments in upgrading VIA's fleet, more and more Canadians are choosing to travel by train. Rail passengers are living proof that the environment and economic development can go hand in hand.

I would like to thank VIA's 3,000 employees for working so hard for so long to keep this environmentally friendly mode of transportation alive. Train travel is essential to our Canadian identity.

Happy anniversary, VIA, and keep up the good work.

Monsieur le Président, le 29 octobre 1978, VIA Rail a lancé son premier service transcontinental, de Montréal à Vancouver. Quarante ans plus tard, c'est un privilège de me lever à la Chambre pour célébrer cette institution canadienne, et pas juste comme ferrovipathe assidu.

La dernière fois qu'un train de VIA est passé dans ma circonscription, Laurentides—Labelle, était en 1981, l'année de ma naissance. Je garde l'espoir de ramener le service ferroviaire dans les régions de tout le pays, où les abandons de service demeurent un problème.

Les investissements dans le renouvellement de la flotte de VIA font que de plus en plus de Canadiens préfèrent ce moyen de transport. Lorsqu'ils montent à bord, ils démontrent que l'on peut combiner environnement et développement économique.

Je remercie les 3 000 employés de VIA de leur travail continu et acharné pour assurer la survie de ce mode de voyage écologique et essentiel à notre identité canadienne.

Bonne fête VIA Rail et bonne continuité!

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