Set against the backdrop of an empty rail track, Skip Morrison local NDP candidate along with two Northern Ontario NDP MP’s lambasted the Conservative government for not making the ACR passenger train service a priority.
Morrison was joined by long time NDP MP Charlie Angus and Algoma Manitoulin Kapuskasing MP, Carol Hughes at the ACR train depot Monday morning.
“It’s simple, Bryan Hayes was missing in action on this file” Angus said.
“It was avoidable” says Morrison “but for the intense disinterest of the Conservative government and their local representative , the ACR would still be operating”
New Democrats such as MP Carol Hughes joined a broadly representative group of stakeholders fighting to maintain the service, which was put in jeopardy when the Conservatives cut a small but essential subsidy.
“This comes down to a failure of leadership” said Hughes, “the Tories dismantled vital regional infrastructure – a successful transportation route that helped sustain at least $38 million in economic activity while the local MP sat on the sidelines”
“They just don’t get it” Angus said in a press conference Monday morning. “while the Conservatives’ failed plan in actually costing jobs, look to the New Democrats like Skip Morrison to defend Northern Ontario economy”
Watch the video for scathing remarks from Hughes and Angus on the performance of Local Conservative MP Bryan Hayes on the matter.