In its latest incarnation, the Mushkegowuk plan to take over and expand the ONR into the Ring of Fire is even more ambitious, and now includes plans to improve hydro infrastructure as well. However, as Peter Politis points out, provincial government support for the ONTC remains ambiguous at best. Even if divestment is no longer on the table, the transformation process has seen further service reductions. Under the Mushkegowuk plan, the ONTC (or at least the ONR) would probably be taken out of provincial hands altogether, essentially becoming a private entity.
At stake here is perhaps the distinction between a government-owned transportation network and a largely privately-owned one. The question is, which one will provide a better, more secure, service?
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