Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Go Train Service - what service?

Well here we are coming into a Provincial election in Ontario. The federal Liberal Party has just been given a well deserved whack by the electorate for not paying attention to the issues that concern the public. I see that property developers are being taken care of with the GO extension to Grimsby but why isn't the population centre of Niagara, St. Catharines, the goal for immediate GO service? Can it be that there isn't a fortune to be made by land developers in St. Catharines? Yep, that is the reason alright. While the government is addressing the Niagara GO train issue, the line should be electrified all the way to Niagara Falls. Not diesel, peak oil is real and implementation of electrified locomotives is critically important to Ontarians.

If it can be electrified between Toronto and Burlington / Hamilton, it can be electrified all the way to at least St. Catharines. Bombardier Transportation (http://www.bombardier.com/en/transportation/products-services/rail-vehicles) is a world leader in these technologies. If the railroads involve don't want to play ball and start electrifying their railroads and locomotives, the rail lines and land should be confiscated and be government administered in the public interest. Seriously, bold actions will be required to make electrification happen soon. I would encourage all residents of the Niagara area to contact the Premier at the telephone number below and DEMAND that the GO service be extended to St. Catharines immediately.

Here is the Premier McGuinty's email address: dmcguinty.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org.

Hon Dalton McGuinty
Queen's Park Room 281,
Main Legislative Building,
Queen's Park Toronto, Ontario
M7A 1A1

Tel   416-325-1941   
Fax 416-325-3745

Hon Dalton McGuinty :Constituency
1795 Kilborn Avenue Ottawa,
K1H 6N1

Tel 613-736-9573
Fax 613-736-7374 d

Where is St. Catharine's MPP, Jim Bradley, in all of this? Wake up Jim and smell the upset electorate.

Hon James J. Bradley
Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services
18th Floor, 25 Grosvenor Street
Toronto, Ontario
M7A 1Y6

Tel 416-326-5000
Fax 416-325-6067

Hon James J. Bradley: Constituency
Unit 2, 2 Secord Drive
St. Catharines, Ontario
L2N 1K8

Tel   905-935-0018
Fax 905-935-0191