Ever since I was a boy, trains have been my favourite way to travel.
I love gliding along, stretched out in a comfortable seat with plenty of leg room, reading a book, checking out the web, having a snack and a coffee.
Or just staring out of the big windows at the awesomeness of Canada. For there is no better way to see it.
And one of my fondest travel dreams is to be able to one day ride The Canadian all the way to Vancouver. If I can ever save up enough money to do that eh? And if Via Rail is still around.
Via Rail expects to cut 200 unionized jobs, or about nine per cent of its workforce, as the government-owned passenger rail service reduces trips on lines across the country.
Because let there be no doubt, Jimbo Flaherty's Trojan Horse budget is slowly stomping the life out the life out of it.
The Harper government's recent budget reduced subsidies to the passenger rail service by $6.5 million this year, $15.1 million in 2013-14 and $19.6 million in 2014-15.
The Cons should be encouraging train travel, and helping to come up with new and bold ways to modernize the service, if only to prepare us for the future. But of course they won't, because their Big Oil masters like trains almost as much as they like electric cars and windmills.
And the Cons would rather degrade VIA, so they can drive down the price and sell it off to some private outfit.
Which would invariably mean less service, higher ticket prices, closed stations all over Canada, and of course the end of my dream of ever riding the rails all the way to Vancouver.
Oh boy. I don't think the Cons could ever understand what rail travel means to me and so many other people in this country. It's a Canadian thing eh? And thanks to their deranged leader they hate Canada soooooo much.
But oh for the glorious day when we can load those ghastly Cons on to a
That day can't come soon enough. But it WILL come.
Chug on my little VIA.
Help is on the way....
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