Former CAO Fratesi Gives HCR Task Force Update, Talks Next Steps


Former CAO and current Huron Central Railway Task Force member Joe Fratesi gave Superior Media an update on the initiative to keep the Sault to Sudbury short-line service up and running.

Having presented to council on Monday night, councillors passed a resolution reconfirming their support for provincial and federal funding.

The task force, consisting of Joe Fratesi, Steve Butland and Alison Horbatuk, was created to gather stakeholder support for the railway as it asks the federal and provincial governments for investment into upgrades that are required on the rail between the two northern cities.

Having received commitment from Premier Doug Ford during the campaign period, the task force is working closely with Ross Romano to arrange a meeting in order to leverage funding.

In terms of a timeline, there is only three and a half months left to secure funding before the HCR will need to give statutory notice to its 43 employees of closure.

Fratesi believes that within the next month, significant headway will be made through fruitful meetings with both levels of government.

Stay tuned to ONNtv and SaultOnline as we follow this story.

Click here for more information on the HCR task force as reported in a previous story.


  1. Something horribly wrong with this picture. If the government is going to fund this it should be Ontario Northland or some other CANADIAN company running it, not a BILLIONAIRE US company that can easily afford to pay for their own maintenance and doesn’t need the money in the slightest but are playing BULLY games by threatening to pull out just because they can.
    The Ontario government needs to wake up.

  2. I’m always amazed when I read, ” their support for provincial and federal funding” It shouldn’t be funded by any government agency.

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