There will a provincial election in Ontario - we just don't know when. In the endless pre-election promises, the NDP have pledged to bring back the Northlander and improve roads in Northern Ontario.
A lot of people, myself included, would love to see the Northlander return. However, my research has shown that one of the key reasons that the train's ridership dropped was improved road infrastructure. I'm not saying that northern roads should remain poor, but people do need to understand that better roads make the train a less popular option.
NDP announce plans to bring back the Northlander | Timmins Times