NORTH BAY, ON, Sept. 4, 2012 /CNW/ - Representatives from the General
Chairperson's Association (GCA) which represents all unionized
employees at Ontario Northland (ONTC) are shocked by the Governments
response to their request of August 22, 2012 to charter the Northlander
Train on Saturday September 22, 2012 in order to thank Northerner's for
their support in utilizing the passenger train over the many years.
"We were notified by letter today that the McGuinty Government will not
allow the GCA to charter the Northlander passenger for a planned
customer appreciation trip. Their letter says in part, "In response to your request to charter a special train on September 22,
2012 ONTC is in process of discontinuing the Northlander passenger
train service and will not be chartering any trains on or before
September 28th, 2012" stated GCA President Ron Marleau.
"This is yet another example of the McGuinty Government's disdain for
Northerners and speaks volumes about their growing concern over the
mobilizing of northern communities against this government's
ill-conceived plan to isolate the North. Just last week Moosonee Mayor
Vic Mitchell joined the growing list of municipal leaders speaking out
against the divestiture of Ontario Northland" added Marleau.
Back on April 19, 2001 during the Mike Harris reign, the GCA charted the
Northlander and branded it "The Survival Express" which left Hearst
Ontario making stops along the way picking up more than a thousand
northerners before arriving at Toronto's Union Station.
"The Survival Express arrived at Union Station where we were greeted by
Liberal MPP Rick Bartolucci who was front and centre as we marched to
Queens Park where he led the crowd of northerners in the rallying cry
that "ONTC was Not For Sale" while standing under Premier Harris' office window" added Marleau.
"The evidence is now overwhelming that Premier McGuinty and Minister
Bartolucci do not want to hear from citizens, communities nor business
who live, work and play in Northern Ontario. This step to quash one day
to celebrate the Northlander passenger train confirms that they are
fully aware that what they are doing is wrong and will try take every
measure, no matter how heavy handed it is, to shut down the North"
SOURCE: General Chairperson's Association (GCA)
For further information:
For more information please contact Ron Marleau at 705-475-8032 Or Visit www.developingthenorth.ca