Up to province to look after railroad: Raitt
Not under her jurisdiction, says federal minister
The federal government will have no involvement in the future of the railway in Cape Breton, federal Transport Minister Lisa Raitt confirmed on Wednesday.
Although she helped facilitate a meeting of interested parties last year, Raitt said the possible closure of the Cape Breton section of the Cape Breton and Central Nova Scotia Railway does not come under her jurisdiction.
“It’s a provincial railway,” said Raitt. (The province is) looking at it. It’s not something that’s on my desk — I have no announce- ments regarding that railway this trip home.”
In Sydney on Wednesday to make an announcement of funding for the airport, Raitt is remaining in town today to make an infrastructure announcement on behalf of Denis Lebel, minister of infrastructure, communities and intergovernmental affairs.
Genesee and Wyoming Inc., the rail line owner, wants to abandon the Cape Breton section of the line but the company can’t apply to do that until February. Concern has been raised in the community that a lack of rail service could hamper future development efforts on the island.