Transport minister Marc Garneau has dealt a blow to hopes of the return of the Sault Ste. Marie to Heart passenger rail service. Speaking in the Soo, Garneau stated that the proposal announced recently does not meet the criteria for the funding set out by Transport Canada because most communities along the route are served by roads (albeit ones operated by private logging companies).
Garneau also suggested that the rail proposal would fit better within the portfolio of Aboriginal Affairs, but it remains unclear how high a priority funding a rail link would be in the already overstretched government department.
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